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Nehemiah Chapter 4

Nehemiah 4:2
4:2 And he spake before his {a} brethren and the army of
    Samaria, and said, What do these {b} feeble Jews? will they
    fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an
    end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps
    of the rubbish which are burned?

    (a) Of his companions who dwelt in Samaria.
    (b) Thus the wicked who do not consider that God's power is
        always ready to defend his, mock them as thought they
        were weak and feeble.

Nehemiah 4:4
4:4 {c} Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their
    reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey {d}
    in the land of captivity:

    (c) This is the remedy that the children of God have against
        the derision and threatenings of their enemies, to flee
        to God by prayer.
    (d) Let them be spoiled and led away captive.

Nehemiah 4:5
4:5 And cover not their {e} iniquity, and let not their sin be
    blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked [thee]
    to anger before the builders.

    (e) Let the plagues declare to the world that they set
        themselves against you and your Church: that he prays
        only having respect for God's glory and not for any
        private affection, or grudge.

Nehemiah 4:12
4:12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them
     came, they said unto us {f} ten times, {g} From all places
     whence ye shall return unto us [they will be upon you].

     (f) That is, often.
     (g) They who brought the tidings said this, when you leave
         your work, and go either to eat or to rest, your
         enemies will assail you.

Nehemiah 4:14
4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to
     the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid
     of them: {h} remember the Lord, [which is] great and
     terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your
     daughters, your wives, and your houses.

     (h) Who is always on hand to deliver his out of danger: and
         therefore seeing they should fight for the maintenance
         of God's glory, and for the preservation of their own
         lives and of theirs, he encourages them to play the
         valiant men.

Nehemiah 4:16
4:16 And it came to pass from that time forth, [that] the half
     of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of
     them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and
     the habergeons; and the rulers [were] {i} behind all the
     house of Judah.

     (i) To overcome them and encourage them in their work.

Nehemiah 4:20
4:20 In what place [therefore] ye hear the sound of the trumpet,
     {k} resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.

     (k) Meaning, to resist their enemies, if need be.

Nehemiah 4:23
4:23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men
     of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our
     clothes, [saving that] every one put them off {l} for

     (l) That is, when they purified themselves or else when
         they washed their clothes.

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