Nehemiah 4:9
New International Version
But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

New Living Translation
But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.

English Standard Version
And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.

Berean Study Bible
So we prayed to our God and posted a guard against them day and night.

New American Standard Bible
But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.

King James Bible
Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

Christian Standard Bible
So we prayed to our God and stationed a guard because of them day and night.

Contemporary English Version
But we kept on praying to our God, and we also stationed guards day and night.

Good News Translation
but we prayed to our God and kept men on guard against them day and night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So we prayed to our God and stationed a guard because of them day and night.

International Standard Version
But we prayed to our God. We also set up guards day and night because of them.

NET Bible
So we prayed to our God and stationed a guard to protect against them both day and night.

New Heart English Bible
But we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But we prayed to our God and set guards to protect us day and night.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

New American Standard 1977
But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless, we made our prayer unto our God and set a watch over the builders day and night because of them.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

American King James Version
Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

American Standard Version
But we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So we prayed to our God and set watchmen against them day and night, because of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we prayed to our God, and set watchmen upon the wall day and night against them.

Darby Bible Translation
Then we prayed to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

English Revised Version
But we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

World English Bible
But we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

Young's Literal Translation
And we pray unto our God, and appoint a watch against them, by day and by night, because of them.
Study Bible
Discouragement Overcome
9So we prayed to our God and posted a guard against them day and night. 10Meanwhile, the people of Judah said: “The strength of the laborer fails, and there is so much rubble that we will never be able to rebuild the wall.”…
Cross References
Nehemiah 4:10
Meanwhile, the people of Judah said: "The strength of the laborer fails, and there is so much rubble that we will never be able to rebuild the wall."

Nehemiah 4:11
And our enemies said, "Before they know or see a thing, we will come into their midst, kill them, and put an end to the work."

Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

Nevertheless

Nehemiah 4:11
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.

Genesis 32:9-12,28
And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: …

2 Kings 19:14-19
And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD…

set a watch

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:







Lexicon
So we prayed
וַנִּתְפַּלֵּ֖ל (wan·niṯ·pal·lêl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6419: To judge, to intercede, pray

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

our God
אֱלֹהֵ֑ינוּ (’ĕ·lō·hê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

and posted
וַנַּעֲמִ֨יד (wan·na·‘ă·mîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

a guard
מִשְׁמָ֧ר (miš·mār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4929: Place of confinement, jail, prison, guard, watch, observance

against them
עֲלֵיהֶ֛ם (‘ă·lê·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

day
יוֹמָ֥ם (yō·w·mām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3119: Daytime, by day

and night.
וָלַ֖יְלָה (wā·lay·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3915: A twist, night, adversity
(9) Because of them.--Rather, over against them: opposite to each point of their encampment. The setting watch was accompanied by solemn and united prayer.

Verse 9. - We... set a watch against them day and night, because of them. Rather, "over against, them,". "opposite to them" - opposite, that m, to the point from which they were expected to make their attack. 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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