But it came to pass, that when Sanballatheard that we builded the wall, he was wroth , and took greatindignation , and mocked the Jews.2
And he spakebefore his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said , What do these feebleJews? will they fortifya themselves? will they sacrifice ? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned ?
Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said , Even that which they build , if a fox go up , he shall even break down their stonewall.4Hear , O our God; for we are despised:b and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:5
And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders .
So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work .