Nehemiah 4 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious. He mocked the Jews 1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews,
2 before his colleagues and the powerful men 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?" 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, "What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble--burned as they are?"
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!" 3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, "What they are building--if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!"
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. 4 Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity.
5 Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provoked the builders. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.
6 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. 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
7 When Sanballat, Tobiah, and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the repair to the walls of Jerusalem was progressing and that the gaps were being closed, they became furious. 7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.
8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw it into confusion. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.
9 So we prayed to our God and stationed a guard because of them day and night. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
10 In Judah, it was said: The strength of the laborer fails, since there is so much rubble. We will never be able to rebuild the wall. 10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, "The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall."
11 And our enemies said, "They won't know or see anything until we're among them and can kill them and stop the work." 11 Also our enemies said, "Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work."
12 When the Jews who lived nearby arrived, they said to us time and again, "Everywhere you turn, [they] attack us." 12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, "Wherever you turn, they will attack us."
13 So I stationed [people] behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows. 13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.
14 After I made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the great and awe-inspiring Lord, and fight for your countrymen, your sons and daughters, your wives and homes." 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes."
15 When our enemies realized that we knew their scheme and that God had frustrated it, every one of us returned to his own work on the wall. 15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.
16 From that day on, half of my men did the work while the other half held spears, shields, bows, and armor. The officers supported all the people of Judah, 16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah
17 who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried the loads worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other. 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other,
18 Each of the builders had his sword strapped around his waist while he was building, and the trumpeter was beside me. 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people: "The work is enormous and spread out, and we are separated far from one another along the wall. 19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.
20 Wherever you hear the trumpet sound, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us!" 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!"
21 So we continued the work, while half of the men were holding spears from daybreak until the stars came out. 21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out.
22 At that time, I also said to the people, "Let everyone and his servant spend the night inside Jerusalem, so that they can stand guard by night and work by day." 22 At that time I also said to the people, "Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and workmen by day."
23 And I, my brothers, my men, and the guards with me never took off our clothes. Each carried his weapon, even when washing. 23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.