Nehemiah 4:5
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.

Berean Study Bible
Do not cover up their iniquity or let their sin be blotted out from Your sight, for they have provoked 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.

New King James Version
Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Don't forgive the mean and evil way they have insulted the builders."

Good News Translation
Don't forgive the evil they do and don't forget their sins, for they have insulted us who are building."

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and do not cover their iniquity.

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 us, O God, for we are despised. Turn their scorn back upon their own heads, and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity. 5Do not cover up their iniquity or let their sin be blotted out from Your sight, for they have provoked the builders. 6So we rebuilt the wall until all of it was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 4:6
So we rebuilt the wall until all of it was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

Psalm 69:27
Add iniquity to their iniquity; let them not share in Your righteousness.

Psalm 69:28
May they be erased from the book of life and not listed with the righteous.

Psalm 109:14
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, and the sin of his mother never be erased.

Isaiah 2:9
So mankind is brought low, and man is humbled--do not forgive them!

Jeremiah 18:23
But You, O LORD, know all their deadly plots against me. Do not wipe out their guilt or blot out their sin from Your sight. Let them 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 because of 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
Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah…

Psalm 69:27
Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.

Psalm 109:14
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

their sin

Psalm 51:1,9
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions…

Isaiah 43:25
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isaiah 44:22
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

before the builders

Isaiah 36:11,12
Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall…







Lexicon
Do not
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

cover up
תְּכַס֙ (tə·ḵas)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

their iniquity
עֲוֺנָ֔ם (‘ă·wō·nām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

or let their sin
וְחַטָּאתָ֖ם (wə·ḥaṭ·ṭā·ṯām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2403: An offence, its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, expiation, an offender

be blotted out
תִּמָּחֶ֑ה (tim·mā·ḥeh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4229: To stroke, rub, to erase, to smooth, grease, make fat, to touch, reach to

from Your sight,
מִלְּפָנֶ֣יךָ (mil·lə·p̄ā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-m, Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

for
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

they have provoked
הִכְעִ֖יסוּ (hiḵ·‘î·sū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3707: To trouble, to grieve, rage, be indignant

the builders.
הַבּוֹנִֽים׃ (hab·bō·w·nîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build
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. 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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