Nehemiah 4:14

14 And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, 1"Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, 2who is great and awesome, 3and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."

Nehemiah 4:14 Meaning and Commentary

Nehemiah 4:14

And I looked
Took a view of the people, and observed that they were in their proper place, and sufficiently armed, and also whether the enemy was coming:

and rose up and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the
rest of the people;
who were under their nobles and rulers, as their captains and commanders:

be not ye afraid of them;
of their enemies, their numbers, and their threats:

remember the Lord, which is great and terrible;
who is greater than they, and is to be feared and trusted in by his people, and is terrible even to the kings of the earth:

and fight for your brethren, your sons and your daughters, your wives
and your houses;
intimating, that they were in danger of losing all that was near and dear, valuable and precious to them, if they did not fight for them; and therefore it became them to quit themselves like men, and be strong.

Nehemiah 4:14 In-Context

12 At that time the Jews who lived near them came from all directions and said to us ten times, "You must return to us."
13 So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
14 And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."
15 When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.
16 From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah,

Cross References 3

  • 1. [Numbers 14:9]; Deuteronomy 1:29
  • 2. Deuteronomy 7:21; Deuteronomy 10:17
  • 3. 2 Samuel 10:12