before his associates and the army of Samaria, saying, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Can they restore the wall by themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Can they bring these burnt stones back to life from the mounds of rubble?"
Cross ReferencesEzra 4:9
From Rehum the commander, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their associates--the judges and officials over Tripolis, Persia, Erech and Babylon, the Elamites of Susa,
and the rest of the peoples whom the great and honorable Ashurbanipal relocated and settled in the cities of Samaria and elsewhere west of the Euphrates.
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."
So the wall was completed in fifty-two days, on the twenty-fifth of Elul.
"Micah the Moreshite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah and told all the people of Judah that this is what the LORD of Hosts says: 'Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, and the temple mount a wooded ridge.'
"Have you not noticed what these people are saying: 'The LORD has rejected the two families He had chosen'? So they despise My people and no longer regard them as a nation.
For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven eyes of the LORD, which scan the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand."
Chapter Outline1. While the enemies scoff, Nehemiah prays and continues the work
7. Understanding the wrath and secrets of the enemy, he sets a watch
13. He arms the laborers
19. and gives military precepts
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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Ezra 4:9, 10
1 Samuel 14:11, 12
1 Samuel 17:43, 44
1 Corinthians 1:27
Nehemiah 12:27, 43
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