So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to half its height. For the people had a mind to work.
But when Sanbal'lat and Tobi'ah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ash'dodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry;
and they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.
And we prayed to our God, and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
But Judah said, "The strength of the burden-bearers is failing, and there is much rubbish; we are not able to work on the wall."
And our enemies said, "They will not know or see till we come into the midst of them and kill them and stop the work."
When the Jews who lived by them came they said to us ten times, "From all the places where they live they will come up against us."
So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
And I looked, and arose, and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."
When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)