Nehemiah 4:11
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New International Version
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."

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, "Before they know what's happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work."

English Standard Version
And our enemies said, “They will not know or see till we come among them and kill them and stop the work.”

New American Standard Bible
Our enemies said, "They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work."

King James Bible
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And our enemies said, "They won't know or see anything until we're among them and can kill them and stop the work."

International Standard Version
Our enemies said, "Before they notice or see us, we'll penetrate their midst, kill them, and stop the work!"

NET Bible
Our adversaries also boasted, "Before they are aware or anticipate anything, we will come in among them and kill them, and we will bring this work to a halt!"

New Heart English Bible
Our adversaries said, "They shall not know, neither see, until we come into their midst, and kill them, and cause the work to cease."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Our enemies said, "Before they know what is happening or see a thing, we will be right in the middle of them. We'll kill them and bring the work to an end."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And our adversaries said: 'They shall not know, neither see, till we come into the midst of them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.'

New American Standard 1977
And our enemies said, “They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them, and put a stop to the work.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And our adversaries said, They shall not know or see until we come in the midst among them and slay them and cause the work to cease.

King James 2000 Bible
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

American King James Version
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the middle among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

American Standard Version
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come into the midst of them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And our enemies said: Let them not know, nor understand, till we come in the midst of them, and kill them, and cause the work to cease.

Darby Bible Translation
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come into the midst of them and kill them, and put an end to the work.

English Revised Version
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come into the midst of them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

Webster's Bible Translation
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

World English Bible
Our adversaries said, "They shall not know, neither see, until we come into the midst of them, and kill them, and cause the work to cease."

Young's Literal Translation
And our adversaries say, 'They do not know, nor see, till that we come in to their midst, and have slain them, and caused the work to cease.'
Study Bible
Discouragement Overcome
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." 12When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, "They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,"…
Cross References
Nehemiah 4:9
But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.

Nehemiah 4:10
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."

Nehemiah 4:12
When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, "They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,"
Treasury of Scripture

And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the middle among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

They shall not

Judges 20:29 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.

2 Samuel 17:2 And I will come on him while he is weary and weak handed, and will …

Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark …

Isaiah 47:11 Therefore shall evil come on you; you shall not know from where it …

Acts 23:12,21 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound …

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

(11) They shall not know.--As to the adversaries, their plan was evidently to watch and surprise, instead of making the threatened attack.

And our adversaries said, they shall not know,.... Our designs upon them:

neither see; or perceive what we are about to do:

till we come in the midst of them; with an army suddenly, at an unawares, and unexpected:

and slay them; they being unarmed, and not prepared to defend themselves:

and cause the work to cease; as it must in course, the builders being slain. 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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