Nehemiah 4:5
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New International Version
Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.

New Living Translation
Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of the builders."

English Standard Version
Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.

New American Standard Bible
Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have demoralized the builders.

King James Bible
And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provoked the builders.

International Standard Version
Don't atone their iniquity, and don't let their sin be blotted out from before you, because they have demoralized the builders."

NET Bible
Do not cover their iniquity, and do not wipe out their sin from before them. For they have bitterly offended the builders!

New Heart English Bible
do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before you; for they have insulted the builders."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't ignore their guilt, and don't let their sins disappear from your records. They have insulted you in front of these builders."

JPS Tanakh 1917
and cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before Thee; for they have vexed Thee before the builders.

New American Standard 1977
Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before Thee, for they have demoralized the builders.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And do not cover their iniquity, nor let their sin be blotted out from before thee, for they have become angry against the builders.

King James 2000 Bible
And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before you: for they have provoked you to anger before the builders.

American King James Version
And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before you: for they have provoked you to anger before the builders.

American Standard Version
and cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee; for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thy face, because they have mocked thy builders.

Darby Bible Translation
And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee; for they have provoked the builders.

English Revised Version
and cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

Webster's Bible Translation
And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

World English Bible
don't cover their iniquity, and don't let their sin be blotted out from before you; for they have insulted the builders."

Young's Literal Translation
and do not cover over their iniquity, and their sin from before Thee let not be blotted out, for they have provoked to anger -- over-against those building.
Study Bible
The Work is Ridiculed
4Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity. 5Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have demoralized the builders. 6So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 4:6
So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

Psalm 69:27
Add iniquity to their iniquity, And may they not come into Your righteousness.

Psalm 69:28
May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

Psalm 109:14
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.

Isaiah 2:9
So the common man has been humbled And the man of importance has been abased, But do not forgive them.

Jeremiah 18:23
Yet You, O LORD, know All their deadly designs against me; Do not forgive their iniquity Or blot out their sin from Your sight. But may they be overthrown before You; Deal with them in the time of Your anger!

Lamentations 1:22
"Let all their wickedness come before You; And deal with them as You have dealt with me For all my transgressions; For my groans are many and my heart is faint."
Treasury of Scripture

And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before you: for they have provoked you to anger before the builders.

cover not

Psalm 59:5-13 You therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit …

Psalm 69:27 Add iniquity to their iniquity: and let them not come into your righteousness.

Psalm 109:14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and …

Jeremiah 18:23 Yet, LORD, you know all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive …

2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according …

their sin

Psalm 51:1,9 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness…

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as …

before the builders

Isaiah 36:11,12 Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah to Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray …

Verse 5. - Cover not their iniquity, etc. Some of David's imprecations are very similar (Psalm 109:7, 14, 15, etc.), as also some of Jeremiah's (Jeremiah 18:23). They have provoked thee to anger before the builders. It is not as if they had merely "thought scorn" of thee, or insulted thee before one or two. They have uttered their insult publicly, so that it is known to the whole body of the builders. Therefore they deserve not to be forgiven. And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee,.... Let it not go unpunished, and even let it not be pardoned; which is spoken, not from a private spirit of revenge, but from a public spirit for the glory of God, and his justice; and not as a mere imprecation, but as a prophecy of what would be the case, in like manner as many of David's petitions in the Psalms; and for this there was a good foundation, since God had threatened the Moabites and Ammonites with utter destruction:

for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders; by despising his people, and mocking at the work the Lord had called them to; and this they did publicly, and on purpose to discourage the workmen. 4:1-6 Many a good work has been looked upon with contempt by proud and haughty scorners. Those who disagree in almost every thing, will unite in persecution. Nehemiah did not answer these fools according to their folly, but looked up to God by prayer. God's people have often been a despised people, but he hears all the slights that are put upon them, and it is their comfort that he does so. Nehemiah had reason to think that the hearts of those sinners were desperately hardened, else he would not have prayed that their sins might never be blotted out. Good work goes on well, when people have a mind to it. The reproaches of enemies should quicken us to our duty, not drive us from it.
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