1 Now it happened that, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem, an Arab, and our other enemies, had heard that I had built the wall, and that there was no interruption remaining in it, (even though, at that time, I had not set up the double doors at the gates,)
2 Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying: 'Come, and let us strike a pact together in the villages, on the plain of Ono.' But they were thinking that they would do me harm.
3 Therefore, I sent messengers to them, saying: 'I am doing a great work, and I cannot descend, lest perhaps it may be neglected when I go out and descend to you.'
4 Then they sent to me, with this same word, four times. And I responded to them with the same word as before.
5 And Sanballat sent his servant to me a fifth time, with the former word, and he had a letter in his hand written in this manner:
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