1 Factum est autem cum audisset Sanaballat et Thobias et Gosem Arabs et ceteri inimici nostri, quod aedificassem ego murum, et non esset in ipso residua interruptio - usque ad tempus autem illud valvas non posueram in portis -
2 miserunt Sanaballat et Gosem ad me dicentes: "Veni, et conveniamus in Cephirim in campo Ono". Ipsi autem cogitabant, ut facerent mihi malum.
3 Misi ergo ad eos nuntios dicens: "Opus grande ego facio et non possum descendere; cur cessare oportet opus, si desistero et descendero ad vos?".
4 Miserunt autem ad me secundum verbum hoc per quattuor vices, et respondi eis iuxta sermonem priorem.
5 Et misit ad me Sanaballat iuxta verbum prius quinta vice puerum suum, et epistulam non obsignatam habebat in manu sua, in qua erat scriptum:
6:6" In gentibus auditum est, et Gosem dixit quod tu et Iudaei cogitetis rebellare, et propterea aedifices murum et levare te velis super eos regem; iuxta hanc vocem
7 et prophetas posueris, qui praedicent de te in Ierusalem dicentes: "Rex in Iudaea est!". Nunc autem auditurus est rex verba haec; idcirco nunc veni, ut ineamus consilium pariter".
8 Et misi ad eum dicens: "Non est factum secundum verba haec, quae tu loqueris; de corde enim tuo tu componis haec".
9 Omnes enim hi terrebant nos cogitantes: "Fatigabuntur manus eorum ab opere, et non complebitur". Quam ob causam magis confortavi manus meas.
10 Et ingressus sum domum Semeiae filii Dalaiae filii Meetabel, ubi erat detentus. Qui ait: "Tractemus nobiscum in domo Dei, in medio templi, et claudamus portas aedis, quia venturi sunt, ut interficiant te; utique nocte venturi sunt ad occidendum te".
11 Et dixi: "Num quisquam similis mei fugit? Et quis ut ego ingredietur templum et vivet? Non ingrediar".
12 Et intellexi quod Deus non misisset eum, sed quasi vaticinans locutus esset ad me, quia Thobias et Sanaballat conduxerant eum.
13 Acceperat enim pretium, ut territus sic agerem et peccarem, et haberent malum, quod exprobrarent mihi.
14 Memento, Deus meus, Thobiae et Sanaballat iuxta opera eorum talia, sed et Noadiae prophetae et ceterorum prophetarum, qui terrebant me!
15 Completus est autem murus vicesimo quinto die mensis Elul, quinquaginta duobus diebus.
16 Factum est ergo, cum audissent omnes inimici nostri, et vidissent universae gentes, quae erant in circuitu nostro, ut conciderent intra semetipsos et scirent quod a Deo factum esset opus hoc.
17 Sed et in diebus illis, multae optimatum Iudaeorum epistulae mittebantur ad Thobiam, et a Thobia veniebant ad eos.
18 Multi enim in Iudaea coniurationem fecerunt cum eo, quia gener erat Secheniae filii Area, et Iohanan filius eius acceperat filiam Mosollam filii Barachiae.
19 Sed et laudabant eum coram me et verba mea nuntiabant ei; et Thobias mittebat epistulas, ut terreret me.
King James Version
1 Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)
2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
4 Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.
5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;
6 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.
7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.
8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.
9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
10 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.
11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.
12 And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
13 Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.
14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
15 ¶ So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.
16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.
17 ¶ Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.
18 For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah.
19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.