Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, Come, let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they intended to do me harm.
And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave to come down to you?
They sent to me four times this way, and I answered them as before.
Then Sanballat sent his servant to me again the fifth time with an open letter.
In it was written: It is reported among the neighboring nations, and Gashmu says it, that you and the Jews plan to rebel; therefore you are building the wall, that you may be their king, according to the report.
Also you have set up prophets to announce concerning you in Jerusalem, There is a king in Judah. And now this will be reported to the king. So, come now and let us take counsel together.
I replied to him, No such things as you say have been done; you are inventing them out of your own heart and mind.
For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, Their hands will be so weak that the work will not be done. But now strengthen my hands!
I went into the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut up. 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 are coming to kill you--at night they are coming to kill you.
But I said, Should such a man as I flee? And what man such as I could go into the temple and yet live? I will not go in.
And behold, I saw that God had not sent him, but he made this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
He was hired that I should be made afraid and do as he said and sin, that they might have matter for an evil report with which to taunt and reproach me.
My God, think on Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have put me in fear.
So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days.
When all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us feared and fell far in their own esteem, for they saw that this work was done by our God.
Moreover, in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and Tobiah's letters came to them.
For many in Judah were bound by oath to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berechiah.
Also they spoke of good deeds before me and told him what I said. And Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.
Summary: Staying the course…finishing well…in a word, persevering
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with old burnt stones God is going to do a new thing, God is going to build a new wall, will you be part of it?
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