In spite of ridicule and opposition the building project continues.

Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-12

ESV Text: Nehemiah 4:1-12


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 4 1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these 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? 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall. 4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders. 6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. 7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, 8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. 10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. 11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease. 12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 445:
Am I a Soldier of the Cross

— Organ Audio

1. Am I a solder of the Cross, 
A foll’wer of the Lamb, 
And shall I fear to own 
His cause Or blush to speak His name? 

2. Must I be carried to the skies 
On flow’ry beds of ease 
While others fought to win the prize 
And sailed thro’ bloody seas? 

3. Are there no foes for me to face? 
Must I not stem the flood? 
Is this vile world a friend to grace 
To help me on to God? 

4. Sure I must fight if I would reign; 
Increase my courage, Lord! 
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, 
Supported by Thy Word. 

5. Thy saints in all this glorious war 
Shall conquer though they die; 
They see the triumph from afar 
With faith’s discerning eye. 

6. When that illustrious Day shall rise 
And all Thine armies shine 
In robes of victory through the skies, 
The glory shall be Thine. 


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