Context5Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand. 6In it was written, It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu says, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports. 7You have also appointed prophets to proclaim in Jerusalem concerning you, A king is in Judah! And now it will be reported to the king according to these reports. So come now, let us take counsel together. 8Then I sent a message to him saying, Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are inventing them in your own mind. 9For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done. But now, O God, strengthen my hands.
10When I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined at home, he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill you at night. 11But I said, Should a man like me flee? And could one such as I go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in. 12Then I perceived that surely God had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me. 14Remember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these works of theirs, and also Noadiah the prophetess and the rest of the prophets who were trying to frighten me.
The Wall Is Finished
15So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. 16When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. 17Also in those days many letters went from the nobles of Judah to Tobiah, and Tobiahs letters came to them. 18For many in Judah were bound by oath to him because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah. 19Moreover, they were speaking about his good deeds in my presence and reported my words to him. Then Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand,
And Sanaballat sent his servant to me the fifth time according to the former word, and he had a letter in his hand written in this manner:
Darby Bible Translation
Then sent Sanballat his servant to me in this manner the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand,
English Revised Version
Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;
Webster's Bible Translation
Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;
World English Bible
Then Sanballat sent his servant to me the same way the fifth time with an open letter in his hand,
Young's Literal Translation
And Sanballat sendeth unto me, according to this word, a fifth time, his servant, and an open letter in his hand;
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