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Nehemiah 4

MSG 1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall he exploded in anger, vilifying the Jews. NIV 1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, MSG 2 In the company of his Samaritan cronies and military he let loose: "What are these miserable Jews doing? Do they think they can get everything back to normal overnight? Make building stones out of make-believe?" 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?” MSG 3 At his side, Tobiah the Ammonite jumped in and said, "That's right! What do they think they're building? Why, if a fox climbed that wall, it would fall to pieces under his weight." 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!” MSG 4 Nehemiah prayed, "Oh listen to us, dear God. We're so despised: Boomerang their ridicule on their heads; have their enemies cart them off as war trophies to a land of no return; 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. MSG 5 don't forgive their iniquity, don't wipe away their sin - they've insulted 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. MSG 6 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. NIV 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. MSG 7 When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairs of the walls of Jerusalem were going so well - that the breaks in the wall were being fixed - they were absolutely furious. 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. MSG 8 They put their heads together and decided to fight against Jerusalem and create as much trouble as they could. NIV 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. MSG 9 We countered with prayer to our God and set a round-the-clock guard against them. NIV 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. MSG 10 But soon word was going around in Judah, The builders are pooped, the rubbish piles up; We're in over our heads, we can't build this 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.” MSG 11 And all this time our enemies were saying, "They won't know what hit them. Before they know it we'll be at their throats, killing them right and left. That will put a stop to the work!" 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.” MSG 12 The Jews who were their neighbors kept reporting, "They have us surrounded; they're going to attack!" If we heard it once, we heard it ten times. NIV 12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” MSG 13 So I stationed armed guards at the most vulnerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords, lances, and bows. 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. MSG 14 After looking things over I stood up and spoke to the nobles, officials, and everyone else: "Don't be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your 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.” MSG 15 Our enemies learned that we knew all about their plan and that God had frustrated it. And we went back to the wall and went to 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. MSG 16 From then on half of my young men worked while the other half stood guard with lances, shields, bows, and mail armor. Military officers served as backup for everyone in Judah who was at work rebuilding the wall. 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 MSG 17 The common laborers held a tool in one hand and a spear in the other. NIV 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, MSG 18 Each of the builders had a sword strapped to his side as he worked. I kept the trumpeter at my side to sound the alert. 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. MSG 19 Then I spoke to the nobles and officials and everyone else: "There's a lot of work going on and we are spread out all along the wall, separated from each other. 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. MSG 20 When you hear the trumpet call, join us there; 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!” MSG 21 And so we kept working, from first light until the stars came out, half of us holding lances. NIV 21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. MSG 22 I also instructed the people, "Each person and his helper is to stay inside Jerusalem - guards by night and workmen by 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.” MSG 23 We all slept in our clothes - I, my brothers, my workmen, and the guards backing me up. And each one kept his spear in his hand, even when getting 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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