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2 He spoke in the presence of his brothers and athe 1wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the 2bdusty rubble even the burned ones?”
6 So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a 1mind to work.
8 All of them aconspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.
9 But we prayed to our God, and because of them we aset up a guard against them day and night.
10 Thus 1in Judah it was said,
“The strength of the burden bearers is failing,
Yet there is much 2rubbish;
And we ourselves are unable
To rebuild the wall.”
12 When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, “1They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,”
14 When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “aDo not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and bfight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”
15 When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that aGod had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work.
18 As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while 1the trumpeter stood near me.
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