Nehemiah 4:10
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New International Version
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."

New Living Translation
Then the people of Judah began to complain, "The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves."

English Standard Version
In Judah it was said, “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.”

New American Standard Bible
Thus in Judah it was said, "The strength of the burden bearers is failing, Yet there is much rubbish; And we ourselves are unable To rebuild the wall."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In Judah, it was said: The strength of the laborer fails, since there is so much rubble. We will never be able to rebuild the wall.

International Standard Version
Meanwhile, the people of Judah said, "The builders are tired and there's so much rubble that we can't reconstruct the wall!"

NET Bible
Then those in Judah said, "The strength of the laborers has failed! The debris is so great that we are unable to rebuild the wall."

New Heart English Bible
Judah said, "The strength of the bearers of burdens is fading, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the people of Judah said, "The work crews are worn out, and there is too much rubble. We can't continue to rebuild the wall."

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.'

New American Standard 1977
Thus in Judah it was said,
            “The strength of the burden bearers is failing,
            Yet there is much rubbish;
            And we ourselves are unable
            To rebuild the wall.”



Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is failing, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Juda said: The strength of the bearer of burdens is decayed, and the rubbish is very much, and we shall not be able to build the wall.

Darby Bible Translation
And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens faileth, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build at the wall.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
Judah said, "The strength of the bearers of burdens is fading, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall."

Young's Literal Translation
And Judah saith, 'The power of the burden-bearers hath become feeble, and the rubbish is abundant, and we are not able to build on the wall.'

Study Bible
Discouragement Overcome
9But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night. 10Thus in Judah it was said, "The strength of the burden bearers is failing, Yet there is much rubbish; And we ourselves are unable To rebuild the wall." 11Our enemies said, "They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work."…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 34:13
They were also over the burden bearers, and supervised all the workmen from job to job; and some of the Levites were scribes and officials and gatekeepers.

Nehemiah 4:2
He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy 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 dusty rubble even the burned ones?"

Nehemiah 4:9
But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.

Nehemiah 4:11
Our enemies said, "They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work."
Treasury of Scripture

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(10) And Judah said.--As hereafter, in the case of the complaints of the people (Nehemiah 5), the writer gives a summary of difficulties. The Jews, or "Judah"--a significant term--complained of their growing feebleness, especially as so many were diverted to the watches.

Verse 10. - The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed. The complaint seems to be, that by the drawing off of men from the working parties to act as guards, those parties were so weakened that they could not continue the work, the quantity of rubbish being so great. And Judah said,.... Several of the men of Judah:

the strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed; through much labour, in carrying heavy loads of stone and timber to the builders, and yet more through fear of the enemy:

and there is much rubbish; which ought to be removed, but that the labourers were so weak that they could not do it:

so that we are not able to build the wall; to finish it before the enemy comes to attack us. 4:7-15 The hindering good work is what bad men aim at, and promise themselves success in; but good work is God's work, and it shall prosper. God has many ways of bringing to light, and so of bringing to nought, the devices and designs of his church's enemies. If our enemies cannot frighten us from duty, or deceive us into sin, they cannot hurt us. Nehemiah put himself and his cause under the Divine protection. It was the way of this good man, and should be our way. All his cares, all his griefs, all his fears, he spread before God. Before he used any means, he made his prayer to God. Having prayed, he set a watch against the enemy. If we think to secure ourselves by prayer, without watchfulness, we are slothful, and tempt God; if by watchfulness, without prayer, we are proud, and slight God: either way, we forfeit his protection. God's care of our safety, should engage and encourage us to go on with vigour in our duty. As soon as a danger is over, let us return to our work, and trust God another time.
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