| 1 Now it came to pass, when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah,
and to Geshem the Arabian, and unto the rest of our enemies, that I had
builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though even
unto that time I had not set up the doors in the gates;) 2 that Sanballat
and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in one of
the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so
that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and
come down to you? 4 And they sent unto me four times after this sort; and
I answered them after the same manner. 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant
unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand,
6 wherein was written, It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu saith
it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel; for which cause thou art building
the wall: and thou wouldest be their king, according to these words. 7 And
thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying,
There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according
to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.
8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou
sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. 9 For they all
would have made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the
work, that it be not done. But now, O God, strengthen thou my hands.
10 And I went unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of
Mehetabel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of
God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they
will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.
11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being
such as I, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.
12 And I discerned, and, lo, God had not sent him; but he pronounced this
prophecy against me: and Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 For this
cause was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that
they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.
14 Remember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their
works, and also the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that
would have put me in fear. 15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and
fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. 16 And
it came to pass, when all our enemies heard thereof, that all the
nations that were about us feared, and were much cast down in their own eyes;
for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God. 17 Moreover in
those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the
letters of Tobiah came unto them. 18 For there were many in Judah
sworn unto him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of Arah;
and his son Jehohanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of
Berechiah to wife. 19 Also they spake of his good deeds before me, and
reported my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in
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