Our God, listen! We are being treated with contempt. Turn back their jeers on their own heads; give them over to be plundered in a land of exile.
Don't cover their guilt, don't let their sin be wiped out from before you; because they have insulted the builders to their face.
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.
But when Sanvalat, Toviyah, the Arabs, the 'Amonim and the Ashdodim heard that the repairs on the walls of Yerushalayim were going forward, and the breaks were being filled in, they became very angry.
All of them together plotted to come and fight against Yerushalayim and thus throw us into confusion.
However, we prayed to our God and, because of them, organized a watch against them day and night.
Y'hudah was saying, "The strength of the people who carry loads away is starting to fail, and there is so much rubble that we can't build the wall."
Our enemies were saying, "They won't know or see anything, until we have already infiltrated them and begun killing them and stopping the work."
And even the Judeans living near them came and must have said to us ten times, "From every place you must come back to us."
So in the lower parts of the space behind the wall, I stationed men according to their families, with their swords, spears and bows.
After inspecting them, I stood up and addressed the nobles, leaders and the rest of the people: "Don't be afraid of them! Remember Adonai, who is great and fearful; and fight for your brothers, sons, daughters, wives and homes."