New International Version
Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.
King James Bible
Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.
Darby Bible Translation
And they sent to me four times after this sort; and I answered them in the same manner.
World English Bible
They sent to me four times after this sort; and I answered them the same way.
Young's Literal Translation
and they send unto me, according to this word, four times, and I return them word according to this word.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I am doing a great work - Though he knew their design, he does not think it prudent to mention it. Had he done so, they would probably have gone to extremities, finding that they were discovered; and perhaps in a formidable body attacked Jerusalem, when ill provided to sustain such a shock. They wished to effect their purpose rather by treachery than by open violence. I know not any language which a man who is employed on important labors can use more suitably, as an answer to the thousand invitations and provocations he may have to remit his work, enter into useless or trivial conferences, or notice weak, wicked, and malicious attacks on his work and his motives: "I am doing a great work, so I cannot stoop to your nonsense, or notice your malevolence. Why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to such as you?"
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
and I answered
LibraryJune 18. "I am Doing a Great Work, So that I Cannot Come Down" (Neh. vi. 3).
"I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down" (Neh. vi. 3). When work is pressing there are many little things that will come and seem to need attention. Then it is a very blessed thing to be quiet and still, and work on, and trust the little things with God. He answers such trust in a wonderful way. If the soul has no time to fret and worry and harbor care, it has learned the secret of faith in God. A desperate desire to get some difficulty right takes the eye off of God and His glory. Some …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
"My Little Children, These Things Write I unto You, that Ye Sin Not. And if any Man Sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,",
so I sent messengers to them with this reply: "I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?"
Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter
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