Nehemiah 3:5
New International Version
The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.

New Living Translation
Next were the people from Tekoa, though their leaders refused to work with the construction supervisors.

English Standard Version
And next to them the Tekoites repaired, but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Next to them, the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.

New American Standard Bible
Moreover, next to him the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not support the work of their masters.

King James Bible
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

Christian Standard Bible
Beside them the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not lift a finger to help their supervisors.

Contemporary English Version
The next section was to be repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their town leaders refused to do the hard work they were assigned.

Good News Translation
The men of Tekoa built the next section, but the leading men of the town refused to do the manual labor assigned them by the supervisors.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Beside them the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not lift a finger to help their supervisors.

International Standard Version
Next to them the Tekoites worked valiantly, even though their leading officials weren't fully dedicated to the work of their lord.

NET Bible
The men of Tekoa worked on the section adjacent to them, but their town leaders would not assist with the work of their master.

New Heart English Bible
Next to them, the Tekoites made repairs; but their nobles did not put their necks to the work of their lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Next to them the men from Tekoa made repairs. However, the nobles wouldn't lower themselves to work under supervisors.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; and their nobles put not their necks to the work of their lord.

New American Standard 1977
Moreover, next to him the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not support the work of their masters.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And next to them the Tekoites restored; but their nobles did not put their necks to the work of their Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

American King James Version
And next to them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their LORD.

American Standard Version
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their lord.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And next to them the Thecoim took their place; but the Adorim applied not their neck to their service.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And next to them the Thecuites built: but their great men did not put their necks to the work of their Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And next to them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

English Revised Version
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
And next to them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

World English Bible
Next to them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles didn't put their necks to the work of their lord.

Young's Literal Translation
and by his hand have the Tekoites strengthened, and their honourable ones have not brought in their neck to the service of their Lord.
Study Bible
The Builders of the Walls
4Next to them, Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, made repairs; next to him, Meshullam son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs; and next to him, Zadok son of Baana made repairs as well. 5Next to them, the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors. 6The Jeshanah Gate was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid its beams and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 3:4
Next to them, Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, made repairs; next to him, Meshullam son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs; and next to him, Zadok son of Baana made repairs as well.

Nehemiah 3:6
The Jeshanah Gate was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid its beams and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.

Nehemiah 3:27
And next to them, the Tekoites made repairs to another section, from a point opposite the great tower that juts out to the wall of Ophel.

Treasury of Scripture

And next to them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their LORD.

the Tekoites

Nehemiah 3:27
After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.

2 Samuel 14:2
And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:

Amos 1:1
The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

their nobles

Judges 5:23
Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

Jeremiah 5:4,5
Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God…

1 Corinthians 1:26
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

put not

Jeremiah 27:2,8,12
Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck, …

Jeremiah 30:8,9
For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: …

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.







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וְעַל־ (wə·‘al-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

to them,
יָדָ֖ם (yā·ḏām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

the Tekoites
הַתְּקוֹעִ֑ים (hat·tə·qō·w·‘îm)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8621: Tekoite -- inhabitant of Tekoa

made repairs,
הֶחֱזִ֣יקוּ (he·ḥĕ·zî·qū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

but their nobles
וְאַדִּֽירֵיהֶם֙ (wə·’ad·dî·rê·hem)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 117: Wide, large, powerful

did not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

put
הֵבִ֣יאוּ (hê·ḇî·’ū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

their shoulders
צַוָּרָ֔ם (ṣaw·wā·rām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6677: The back of the neck

to the work
בַּעֲבֹדַ֖ת (ba·‘ă·ḇō·ḏaṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5656: Work of any kind

under their supervisors.
אֲדֹנֵיהֶֽם׃ (’ă·ḏō·nê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 113: Sovereign, controller
(5) The Tekoites.--This verse is remarkable, as introducing men of Tekoah, not mentioned among Zerubbabel's Returned, who furnish the solitary instance of internal opposition to the building; and as terming the common work "the work of the Lord." The ordinary people of the place, however, did double duty. (See Nehemiah 3:27.)

Verse 5. - The Tekoites are the people of Tekoah, whence came the "wise woman" whom Joab sent to incline David to fetch home Absalom (2 Kings 14:2, 3). It was a small place, and does not appear, either in the catalogue of those who returned with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:20-35; Nehemiah 7:25-38), or in the census list of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 11:25-35). Their nobles put not their necks to the work. This imputation of blame has been thought out of harmony with the general narrative contained in the chapter, and various emendations have been proposed to remove the so-called difficulty. But it has really first to be shown that a difficulty exists. Surely it would have been more strange if there had been no opposition to Nehemiah's wishes - no withdrawal from the work, than if there were the amount of opposition that is recorded. And supposing opposition to be made, why should Nehemiah not notice it? In music, the force and value of harmonious notes is brought out by an occasional discord. A desire to do honour to those who deserved it would be quite compatible with a determination to brand with disgrace the undeserving. And the contrast would enhance the value of the praise. Thus, there is no reason for disturbing the existing text, nor for questioning its plain meaning. The upper classes at Tekoah, the adirim or "exalted, withdrew from the work, like oxen withdrawing their necks from the yoke, and stood aloof, leaving it to the common people to engage in it, or not, as they pleased. The common people were perhaps moved to the greater zeal by the defection of their natural leaders. They were among those who accomplished a double task, repairing a second portion of the wall (ver. 27) after having finished their first. 3:1-32 The rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. - The work was divided, so that every one might know what he had to do, and mind it, with a desire to excel; yet without contention, or separate interests. No strife appears among them, but which should do most for the public good. Every Israelite should lend a hand toward the building up of Jerusalem. Let not nobles think any thing below them, by which they may advance the good of their country. Even some females helped forward the work. Some repaired over against their houses, and one repaired over against his chamber. When a general good work is to be done, each should apply himself to that part which is within his reach. If every one will sweep before his own door, the street will be clean; if every one will mend one, we shall all be mended. Some that had first done helped their fellows. The walls of Jerusalem, in heaps of rubbish, represent the desperate state of the world around, while the number and malice of those who hindered the building, give some faint idea of the enemies we have to contend with, while executing the work of God. Every one must begin at home; for it is by getting the work of God advanced in our own souls that we shall best contribute to the good of the church of Christ. May the Lord thus stir up the hearts of his people, to lay aside their petty disputes, and to disregard their worldly interests, compared with building the walls of Jerusalem, and defending the cause of truth and godliness against the assaults of avowed enemies.
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