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.

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.

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.

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.

Nehemiah 4:5 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Let not their sin be blotted out - These are the most terrible imprecations; but probably we should understand them as declaratory, for the same form of the verb, in the Hebrew, is used as precative and imperative. Turn their reproach - Their reproach shall be turned. Give them for a prey - They shall be given for a prey. Cover not their iniquity - Their iniquity shall not be covered. Let not their sin be blotted out - Their sin shall not be blotted out. All who know the genius of the Hebrew language, know that the future tense is used to express all these senses. Besides, we may rest assured that Nehemiah's curses, or declaration of God's judgments, had respect only to their bodies, and to their life: not to their souls and the world to come. And then they amount to no more than this: What a man soweth that he shall reap.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

cover not

Psalm 59:5-13 You therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors...

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 let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

Jeremiah 18:23 Yet, LORD, you know all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from your sight...

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

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, and will not remember your sins.

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins: return to me; for I have redeemed you.

before the builders

Isaiah 36:11,12 Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah to Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray you, to your servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it...

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Discouragements and Courage
'Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. 10. And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. 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. 12. And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Heathen Plots
[This chapter is based on Nehemiah 6.] Sanballat and his confederates dared not make open war upon the Jews; but with increasing malice they continued their secret efforts to discourage, perplex, and injure them. The wall about Jerusalem was rapidly approaching completion. When it should be finished and its gates set up, these enemies of Israel could not hope to force an entrance into the city. They were the more eager, therefore, to stop the work without further delay. At last they devised a plan
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Nehemiah 4:6
So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

Psalm 69:27
Charge them with crime upon crime; do not let them share in your salvation.

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

Psalm 109:14
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.

Isaiah 2:9
So people will be brought low and everyone humbled-- do not forgive them.

Jeremiah 18:23
But you, LORD, know all their plots to kill me. Do not forgive their crimes or blot out their sins 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; deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my sins. My groans are many and my heart is faint."

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