Compare Translations for Nehemiah 4:6

Nehemiah 4:6 ASV
So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto half [the height] thereof: for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 BBE
So we went on building the wall; and all the wall was joined together half-way up: for the people were working hard.
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Nehemiah 4:6 CEB
We continued to build the wall. All of it was joined together, and it reached half of its intended height because the people were eager to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 CJB
So we kept building the wall, which was soon joined together and completed to half its height all the way around; because the people worked with a will.
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Nehemiah 4:6 RHE
So we built the wall, and joined it all together unto the half thereof: and the heart of the people was excited to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 ESV
So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 GW
So we rebuilt the wall, which was rebuilt to about half its [original] height. The people worked with determination.
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Nehemiah 4:6 GNT
So we went on rebuilding the wall, and soon it was half its full height, because the people were eager to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 HNV
So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to half [the height] of it: for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 CSB
So we rebuilt the wall until the entire wall was joined together up to half its [height], for the people had the will to keep working.
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Nehemiah 4:6 KJV
So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work .
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Nehemiah 4:6 LEB
So we rebuilt the wall, and all of the wall was joined up to half [its height]. For the people had a heart to do [it].
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Nehemiah 4:6 NAS
So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 NCV
So we rebuilt the wall to half its height, because the people were willing to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 NIRV
So we rebuilt the wall. We repaired it until all of it was half as high as we wanted it to be. The people worked with all their heart.
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Nehemiah 4:6 NIV
So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
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Nehemiah 4:6 NKJV
So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 NLT
At last the wall was completed to half its original height around the entire city, for the people had worked very hard.
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Nehemiah 4:6 NRS
So we rebuilt the wall, and all the wall was joined together to half its height; for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 RSV
So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to half its height. For the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 DBY
But we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to the half thereof; for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 MSG
We kept at it, repairing and rebuilding the wall. The whole wall was soon joined together and halfway to its intended height because the people had a heart for the work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 WBT
So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to the half of it, for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 TMB
So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 TNIV
So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
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Nehemiah 4:6 WEB
So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to half [the height] of it: for the people had a mind to work.
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Nehemiah 4:6 WYC
Therefore we builded the wall, and joined together all till to the half part, and the heart of the people was excited to work. (And so we rebuilt the wall, and joined it all together, up to half of its height, and the hearts of the people were excited to do this work.)
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Nehemiah 4:6 YLT
And we build the wall, and all the wall is joined -- unto its half, and the people have a heart to work.
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Nehemiah 4 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 4

Opposition of Sanballat and others. (1-6) The designs of the adversaries. (7-15) Nehemiah's precautions. (16-23)

Verses 1-6 Many a good work has been looked upon with contempt by proud and haughty scorners. Those who disagree in almost every thing, will unite in persecution. Nehemiah did not answer these fools according to their folly, but looked up to God by prayer. God's people have often been a despised people, but he hears all the slights that are put upon them, and it is their comfort that he does so. Nehemiah had reason to think that the hearts of those sinners were desperately hardened, else he would not have prayed that their sins might never be blotted out. Good work goes on well, when people have a mind to it. The reproaches of enemies should quicken us to our duty, not drive us from it.

Verses 7-15 The hindering good work is what bad men aim at, and promise themselves success in; but good work is God's work, and it shall prosper. God has many ways of bringing to light, and so of bringing to nought, the devices and designs of his church's enemies. If our enemies cannot frighten us from duty, or deceive us into sin, they cannot hurt us. Nehemiah put himself and his cause under the Divine protection. It was the way of this good man, and should be our way. All his cares, all his griefs, all his fears, he spread before God. Before he used any means, he made his prayer to God. Having prayed, he set a watch against the enemy. If we think to secure ourselves by prayer, without watchfulness, we are slothful, and tempt God; if by watchfulness, without prayer, we are proud, and slight God: either way, we forfeit his protection. God's care of our safety, should engage and encourage us to go on with vigour in our duty. As soon as a danger is over, let us return to our work, and trust God another time.

Verses 16-23 We must watch always against spiritual enemies, and not expect that our warfare will be over till our work is ended. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit, which we ought to have always at hand, and never to have to seek for it, either in our labours, or in our conflicts, as Christians. Every true Christian is both a labourer and a soldier, working with one hand, and fighting with the other. Good work is likely to go on with success, when those who labour in it, make a business of it. And Satan fears to assault the watchful Christian; or, if attacked, the Lord fights for him. Thus must we wait to the close of life, never putting off our armour till our work and warfare are ended; then we shall be welcomed to the rest and joy of our Lord.

Nehemiah 4 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 4

Nehemiah 4:1-6 . WHILE THE ENEMIES SCOFF, NEHEMIAH PRAYS TO GOD, AND CONTINUES THE WORK.

1. when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth--The Samaritan faction showed their bitter animosity to the Jews on discovering the systematic design of refortifying Jerusalem. Their opposition was confined at first to scoffs and insults, in heaping which the governors made themselves conspicuous, and circulated all sorts of disparaging reflections that might increase the feelings of hatred and contempt for them in their own party. The weakness of the Jews in respect of wealth and numbers, the absurdity of their purpose apparently to reconstruct the walls and celebrate the feast of dedication in one day, the idea of raising the walls on their old foundations, as well as using the charred and mouldering debris of the ruins as the materials for the restored buildings, and the hope of such a parapet as they could raise being capable of serving as a fortress of defense--these all afforded fertile subjects of hostile ridicule.

3. if a fox go up--The foxes were mentioned because they were known to infest in great numbers the ruined and desolate places in the mount and city of Zion ( Lamentations 5:18 ).

4, 5. Hear, O our God; for we are despised--The imprecations invoked here may seem harsh, cruel, and vindictive; but it must be remembered that Nehemiah and his friends regarded those Samaritan leaders as enemies to the cause of God and His people, and therefore as deserving to be visited with heavy judgments. The prayer, therefore, is to be considered as emanating from hearts in which neither hatred, revenge, nor any inferior passion, but a pious and patriotic zeal for the glory of God and the success of His cause, held the ascendant sway.

6. all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof--The whole circuit of the wall had been distributed in sections to various companies of the people, and was completed to the half of the intended height.

Nehemiah 4:7-23 . HE SETS A WATCH.

7-21. But . . . when Sanballat . . . heard that the walls . . . were made up, and . . . the breaches . . . stopped--The rapid progress of the fortifications, despite all their predictions to the contrary, goaded the Samaritans to frenzy. So they, dreading danger from the growing greatness of the Jews, formed a conspiracy to surprise them, demolish their works, and disperse or intimidate the builders. The plot being discovered, Nehemiah adopted the most energetic measures for ensuring the common safety, as well as the uninterrupted building of the walls. Hitherto the governor, for the sake of despatch, had set all his attendants and guards on the work--now half of them were withdrawn to be constantly in arms. The workmen labored with a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other; and as, in so large a circuit, they were far removed from each other, Nehemiah (who was night and day on the spot, and, by his pious exhortations and example, animated the minds of his people) kept a trumpeter by his side, so that, on any intelligence of a surprise being brought to him, an alarm might be immediately sounded, and assistance rendered to the most distant detachment of their brethren. By these vigilant precautions, the counsels of the enemy were defeated, and the work was carried on apace. God, when He has important public work to do, never fails to raise up instruments for accomplishing it, and in the person of Nehemiah, who, to great natural acuteness and energy added fervent piety and heroic devotion, He provided a leader, whose high qualities fitted him for the demands of the crisis. Nehemiah's vigilance anticipated every difficulty, his prudent measures defeated every obstruction, and with astonishing rapidity this Jerusalem was made again "a city fortified."