7 Now it happened that, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabs, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites had heard that the walls of Jerusalem had been closed, and that the breaches had begun to be repaired, they were exceedingly angry.
8 And they all gathered together, so that they might go forth and fight against Jerusalem, and so that they might prepare ambushes.
9 And we prayed to our God, and we stationed guards upon the wall, day and night, against them.
10 Then Judah said: 'The strength of those who carry has diminished, and the amount of material is very great, and so we will not be able to build the wall.'
11 And our enemies said: 'Let them neither know, nor realize, until we arrive in their midst, and kill them, and cause the work to cease.'
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