Winning the War Against Adversaries - Nehemiah 4

Nehemiah 4:1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that  we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great  indignation, and mocked the Jews. 

Nehemiah 4:2 And he spake  before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What  do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they  sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive  the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

Nehemiah 4:3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he  said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall  even break down their stone wall.

Nehemiah 4:4 Hear, O our God;  for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own  head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:  

Nehemiah 4:5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be  blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee  to anger before the builders. 

Nehemiah 4:6 So built we the wall; and  all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the  people had a mind to work.  


Nehemiah 4:7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and  Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the  Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made  up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they  were very wroth.

Nehemiah 4:8 And conspired all of them together  to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. 

Nehemiah 4:9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and  set a watch against them day and night, because of them. 

Nehemiah 4:10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of  burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we  are not able to build the wall. 

Nehemiah 4:11 And our adversaries  said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the  midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to  cease. 

Nehemiah 4:12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews  which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times,  From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be  upon you.  

Nehemiah 4:13 Therefore set I in the lower places behind the  wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after  their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.   

Nehemiah 4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles,  and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye  afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and  terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your  daughters, your wives, and your houses. 

Nehemiah 4:15 And it came  to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us,  and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we  returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.  

Nehemiah 4:16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the  half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half  of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and  the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of  Judah. 

Nehemiah 4:17 They which builded on the wall, and they that  bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of  his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand  held a weapon. 

Nehemiah 4:18 For the builders, every one had his  sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that  sounded the trumpet was by me.  

Nehemiah 4:19 And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to  the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we  are separated upon the wall, one far from another. 

Nehemiah 4:20 In  what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet,  resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us. 

Nehemiah 4:21  So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the  spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.  

Nehemiah 4:22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let  every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in  the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.

Nehemiah 4:23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor  the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off  Nehemiah   our clothes, saving that every one put them off for  washing.