Progress in Spite of Opposition

1 a When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious. He mocked the Jews
2 before his colleagues and the powerful menb of Samaria, and said, "What are these pathetic Jews doing? Can they restore [it] by themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they ever finish it? Can they bring these burnt stones back to life from the mounds of rubble?"
3 Then Tobiah the Ammonite, who was beside him, said, "Indeed, even if a fox climbed up what they are building, he would break down their stone wall!"
4 Listen, our God, for we are despised. Make their insults return on their own heads and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity.
5 Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provokedc the builders.