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Nehemiah 4

NIRV 1 Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall. So he burned with anger. He became very upset. He made fun of the Jews. NIV 1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, NIRV 2 He spoke to his friends and the army of Samaria. He said, "What are those Jews trying to do? Can they make their city wall like new again? Will they offer sacrifices? Can they finish everything in a single day? The stones from their city wall and buildings are piled up like trash. And everything has been badly burned. Can they use those stones to rebuild everything again?" NIV 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?” NIRV 3 Tobiah from Ammon was at Sanballat's side. He said, "What are they building? They're putting up a stone wall. But suppose a fox climbs on top of it. Even that will break it down!" NIV 3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” NIRV 4 I prayed to God. I said, "Our God, please listen to our prayer. Some people hate us. They're making fun of us. So let others make fun of them. Let them be carried off like stolen goods. Let them be taken to another country as prisoners. NIV 4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. NIRV 5 Don't hide your eyes from their guilt. Don't forgive their sins. They have made fun of the builders." NIV 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. NIRV 6 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. NIV 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. NIRV 7 But Sanballat and Tobiah heard that Jerusalem's walls continued to be repaired. The Arabs and some people from Ammon heard the same thing. Some men from Ashdod heard about it too. They heard that the gaps in the wall were being filled in. So they burned with anger. NIV 7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. NIRV 8 All of them made evil plans to come and fight against Jerusalem. They wanted to stir up trouble against it. NIV 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. NIRV 9 But we prayed to our God. We put guards on duty day and night to watch out for danger. NIV 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. NIRV 10 During that time, the people in Judah spoke up. They said, "The workers are getting weaker and weaker all the time. Broken stones are piled up everywhere. They are in our way. So we can't rebuild the wall." NIV 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.” NIRV 11 And our enemies said, "We will be right there among them. We'll kill them. We'll put an end to their work. We'll do it before they even know it or see us." NIV 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.” NIRV 12 Then the Jews who lived near our enemies came to us. They told us ten times, "No matter where you are, they'll attack us." NIV 12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” NIRV 13 So I stationed some people behind the lowest parts of the wall. That's where our enemies could easily attack us. I stationed the people family by family. They had their swords, spears and bows with them. NIV 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. NIRV 14 I looked things over. Then I stood up and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people. I said, "Don't be afraid of your enemies. Remember the Lord. He is great and powerful. So fight for your brothers and sisters. Fight for your sons and daughters. Fight for your wives and homes." NIV 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 families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” NIRV 15 Our enemies heard that we knew what they were trying to do. They heard that God had blocked their evil plans. So all of us returned to the wall. Each of us did our own work. NIV 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 our own work. NIRV 16 From that day on, half of my men did the work. The other half were given spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers stationed themselves behind all of the people of Judah. NIV 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 NIRV 17 The people continued to build the wall. Those who carried supplies did their work with one hand. They held a weapon in the other hand. NIV 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, NIRV 18 Each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who blew the trumpet stayed with me. NIV 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. NIRV 19 Then I spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people. I said, "This is a big job. It covers a lot of territory. We're separated too far from one another along the wall. NIV 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. NIRV 20 When you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us at that location. Our God will fight for us!" NIV 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” NIRV 21 So we continued the work. Half of the men held spears. We worked from the first light of sunrise until the stars came out at night. NIV 21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. NIRV 22 At that time I also spoke to the people. I told them, "Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night. Then they can guard us at night. And they can work during the day." NIV 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 as workers by day.” NIRV 23 My relatives and I didn't take our clothes off. My men and the guards didn't take theirs off either. Each man kept his weapon with him, even when he went to get water. NIV 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.

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