So we went on rebuilding the wall, and soon it was half its full height, because the people were eager to work.
Sanballat, Tobiah, and the people of Arabia, Ammon, and Ashdod heard that we were making progress in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem and that the gaps in the wall were being closed, and they became very angry.
So they all plotted together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion,
but we prayed to our God and kept men on guard against them day and night.
The people of Judah had a song they sang: "We grow weak carrying burdens; There's so much rubble to take away. How can we build the wall today?"
Our enemies thought we would not see them or know what was happening until they were already upon us, killing us and putting an end to our work.
But time after time Jews who were living among our enemies came to warn us of the plans our enemies were making against us.
So I armed the people with swords, spears, and bows, and stationed them by clans behind the wall, wherever it was still unfinished.
I saw that the people were worried, so I said to them and to their leaders and officials, "Don't be afraid of our enemies. Remember how great and terrifying the Lord is, and fight for your relatives, your children, your wives, and your homes."
Our enemies heard that we had found out what they were plotting, and they realized that God had defeated their plans. Then all of us went back to rebuilding the wall.