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Nehemiah 4 - NIV

Opposition to the Rebuilding

1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews,

2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”

4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity.

5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of[a] the builders.

6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.

8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.

14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah

17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other,

18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.

20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out.

22 At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.”

23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.[b]


a. Nehemiah 4:5 Or have aroused your anger before
b. Nehemiah 4:23 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.

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Building a City On Prayer Part 2
Shared by: Palitha Jayasooriya on Aug, 2016
Summary: This is part 2 of a series of sermons focusing on Nehemiah's prayer life as he set about the great task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
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Scripture: Nehemiah 4:4-6:9
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,111
David Henderson avatar
"Changing Murphy's Law"
Shared by: David Henderson on Mar, 2016
Summary: In this message we will look at ridicule and how to handle it.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 262
Matthew Botha avatar
The how of the vision
Shared by: Matthew Botha on Feb, 2016
Summary: God has given us a vision. What we now learn is how to implement the vision
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:16-18
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 326
Tom Shepard avatar
How To Handle Discouragement
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Jan, 2016
Summary: This sermon looks at 4 reasons for discouragement and 4 ways to handle it: 1. FATIGUE 2. FRUSTRATION 3. FAILURE MENTALITY 4. FEAR 1. RE-EVALUATE Your Goals 2. REALIZE You’re Not Alone 3. Be READY to Fight 4. REMEMBER The Lord
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Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-13
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Mark Mitchell avatar
Nehemiah - Rebuilding the Walls Chapters 2:18-4:6
Shared by: Mark Mitchell on Nov, 2015
Summary: Following Nehemiah's example will lead to church revitalization
Series: Nehemiah
Scripture: Nehemiah 2:18-4:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 226
Ian Humphrey avatar
God’s People Must Prevail
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: God’s People Must Prevail
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:7-23
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 128
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-15
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 139
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 336
Larry Turner avatar
It Is All Relative.
Shared by: Larry Turner on Jun, 2015
Summary: How we treat others is relative to how we feel about ourselves. This sermon looks at treating yourself better with the intent if treating others better also.
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Things Worth Fighting For
Shared by: Horace Wimpey on May, 2015
Summary: On this Memorial Day, we remember those that died for our freedoms. They died because they felt that there were things worth fighting for. Nehemiah tells us that there are things that are worth all of us fighting for.
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Scripture: Nehemiah 4:11-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,724
Edward Hardee avatar
Learning to Fight
Shared by: Edward Hardee on May, 2015
Summary: Showing the importance of fighting through Prayer.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,814
Troy McGahan avatar
The Battle for YOUR FAMILY!!!!!
Shared by: Troy McGahan on Apr, 2015
Summary: The family is being attacked by Satan in the most subtle of ways. He wants your family!!!!!
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,432
C. Philip Green avatar
Dealing with Discouragement
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Apr, 2015
Summary: Overcome discouragement when you redirect your energies, refocus your vision, and rally together.
Series: Nehemiah
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:10-23
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,394
Pat Damiani avatar
Dealing With Discouragement
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Apr, 2015
Summary: Nehemiah demonstrates how to deal with discouragement in our walk with Jesus.
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Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 573
Shawn Drake avatar
Enduring The Struggles Of Rebuilding
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Mar, 2015
Summary: This is the 5th sermon in the series "Rebuilding". When you are rebuilding, there will be struggles.
Series: Rebuilding
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 322
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Countering the Critics
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Mar, 2015
Summary: Whenever you attempt to do anything great for the glory of God, expect opposition. So when it comes, pray, proceed with the work, and protect yourself as much as possible.
Series: Nehemiah
Chris Appleby avatar
The Leader and the work
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Feb, 2015
Summary: Nehemiah has got them to agree to rebuild but now it needs to be organised. They get all the people involved in groups according to their ability though there are a few who refuse to get involved.
Scripture: Nehemiah 3:1-4:6
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 337
Chris Appleby avatar
THe Leader and Opposition
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Feb, 2015
Summary: Despite opposition Nehemiah keeps them building. He organises the work to go on. We too experience opposition but can trust God to help us to persevere.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 314
Bobby Stults avatar
Overcoming Fear thru the Sound Judgment We Have in Christ
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Jan, 2015
Summary: Overcoming fear can only be accomplished by relying on God's power and love to strengthen us and guide us, and it allows us to have sound judgment in our walk. When we rely on the God's power/love we WILL make sound judgments in our walk in Christ!
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Surprise! Not Everyone Is On You Side
Shared by: M. Keith Williams on Jan, 2015
Summary: It may be Satan or a Saint but opposition is a certainty in ministry
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,057
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Sep, 2014
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 964
David Owens avatar
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Shared by: David Owens on Aug, 2014
Summary: Whenever we attempt to live for God and accomplish God's purposes, we should expect opposition from God's enemies. In this lesson, we see how Nehemiah and God's people were able to overcome the opposition they faced.
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Shared by: Damian Phillips on Jul, 2014
Summary: Sermon 8: This message speaks about communicating purpose and vision casting. Without knowing the church’s purpose a congregation will be deprived of direction, leading to confusion, shattered enthusiasm, and the abandonment of the mission.
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Scripture: Nehemiah 4:6-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,660
Perry Greene avatar
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Jun, 2014
Summary: This was a presentation to the Canadian Valley Technology Center near OKC) on the anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that destroyed their facilities. They are in the process of rebuilding. This was to encourage their moral in the effort.
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"Building and Battling"
Shared by: Pastor Dre on Apr, 2014
Summary: Here is a sermon that encourages us to keep on building in the midst of battling...
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Scripture: Nehemiah 4:18
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 3,818
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"Conquering Criticism"
Shared by: Pastor Dre on Apr, 2014
Summary: Here is a sermon encouraging the listener on how to conquer criticism.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:3
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 1,192
John Lindell avatar
Built to Last
Shared by: John Lindell on Mar, 2014
Summary: What principles did Nehemiah use when he was building the wall? We will learn about those principles that will help us to build and advance the Kingdom of God.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:15-23
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 3,545
Anthony Zibolski avatar
Godly vision and goal-setting part two
Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Nov, 2013
Summary: While there are building blocks for goal setting, there are also things we can do when we face opposition to what God has told us to do.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-11
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 942
Jason Smith avatar
Working with the Lord's Help
Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2013
Summary: It should never surprise us when we do the Lord's work and people react with anger, ridicule, and rejection. Nehemiah gives us a great example of how we need to respond when the enemies of God oppose His work.