Nehemiah urges work on the wall
4:1 But it so happened, that when Sanballat, heard that we built the wall, he was angry, and it was greatly enraging to him, and he mocked the Jews.
4:2 And he spoke before his brothers and the army of Samaria, and said, What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they forsake themselves? will they sacrifice? Will they make an end in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish that are burned?
4:3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox goes up, he will even break down their stone wall.
4:4 , O our El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here, hear for we are despised. and turn their curse on their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:
4:5 And cover don’t their iniquity, and don’t let their sin be blotted out from before You: for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.
4:6 So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to the half of it: for the people had a heart to work.
4:7 But it so happened, that when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites, heard that we were repairing the walls of Jerusalem had gone up, that the breaks were being closed up, it was very angering to them.
4:8 And all of them conspired together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to do it harm.
4:9 But we made our prayer to our Elohimאֱלֹהִים
romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator, and stationed a watch against them day and night, because of them.
4:10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is weakening, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.
4:11 And our foes have said, They shall not know, or see, till we come in the middle of them, and kill them, and cause the work to cease.
4:12 And when the Jews who lived by them came in, they said to us ten times, From all places where ya’ll shall return [they will be] against us.
Nehemiah arms the laborers
4:13 So I stationed from the lowest parts of the place, from back of the wall, and in the higher places, I even stationed the people according to their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
4:14 And I looked, and got up, and said to the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Don’t ya’ll be afraid of them. Remember YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here, who is great and terrible, and fight for your brothers, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
4:15 And it so happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that Elohimאֱלֹהִים
romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator had broken their counsel, all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work.
4:16 And it so happened from that time on, half of my servants worked in the work, and the other half of them were holding the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the scale-armor. And the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
4:17 The ones who built on the wall, and they that carried burdens, bearing with one of his hands, a worker in the work, and the other hand held a weapon.
4:18 For [each] man [of] the builders had his sword tied by his side, and built. And he that sounded the ram’s horn was beside me.
4:19 And I said to the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another.
4:20 In whatever place ya’ll hear the sound of the ram’s horn, ya’ll gather there to us. Our El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here shall fight for us.
4:21 So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.
4:22 Likewise at the same time said I to the people, Let everyone with his servant stay inside Jerusalem, so that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labor in the day.
4:23 So neither I, or my brothers, or my servants, or the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, [though] every one [had] his vessel of water.