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ሰንባላጥም ቅጥሩን እንደ ሠራን በሰማ ጊዜ እጅግ ተቈጣ፥ ተበሳጨም፥ በአይሁድም አላገጠ።
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በወንድሞቹና በሰማርያ ሠራዊትም ፊት። እነዚህ ደካሞች አይሁድ የሚሠሩት ምንድር ነው? ይተዉላቸዋልን? ይሠዋሉን? በአንድ ቀንስ ይጨርሳሉን? የተቃጠለውንስ ድንጋይ ከፍርስራሹ መልሰው ያድኑታልን? ብሎ ተናገረ።
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አሞናዊውም ጦብያ በአጠገቡ ቆሞ። በድንጋይ በሚሠሩት ቅጥራቸው ላይ ቀበሮ ቢመጣበት ያፈርሰዋል አለ።
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አምላካችን ሆይ፥ ተንቀናልና ስማ፤ ስድባቸውን በራሳቸው ላይ መልስባቸው፤ በምርኮ አገር ለብዝበዛ አሳልፈህ ስጣቸው።
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በደላቸውንም አትክደን፥ ኃጢአታቸውም ከፊትህ አይደምሰስ፤ በሠራተኞች ፊት አስቆጥተውሃልና።
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ቅጥሩንም ሠራን፤ ቅጥሩም ሁሉ እስከ እኵሌታው ድረስ ተጋጠመ፤ የሕዝቡም ልብ ለሥራው ጨከነ።
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ሰንባላጥና ጦብያም ዓረባውያንም አሞናውያንም አሽዶዳውያንም የኢየሩሳሌም ቅጥር እየታደሰ እንደ ሄደ፥ የፈረሰውም ሊጠገን እንደ ተጀመረ በሰሙ ጊዜ እጅግ ተቈጡ።
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መጥተውም ኢየሩሳሌምን ይወጉና ያሸብሩ ዘንድ ሁሉም በአንድነት ተማማሉ።
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ወደ አምላካችንም ጸለይን፥ ከእነርሱም የተነሣ በአንጻራቸው ተጠባባቂዎች በሌሊትና በቀን አደረግን።
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ይሁዳም። የተሸካሚዎች ኃይል ደከመ፥ ፍርስራሹም ብዙ ነው፤ ቅጥሩንም እንሠራ ዘንድ አንችልም አሉ።
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ጠላቶቻችንም። ወደ መካከላቸው እስክንመጣና እስክንገድላቸው ድረስ ሥራቸውንም እስክናስተጓጕል ድረስ አያውቁምና አያዩም አሉ።
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በአጠገባቸውም የተቀመጡት አይሁድ መጥተው። ከስፍራው ሁሉ ይመጡብናል ብለው አሥር ጊዜ ነገሩን።
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ከቅጥሩም በስተ ኋላ በኩል ባለው በታችኛው ስፍራ ሰይፋቸውን ጦራቸውንም ቀስታቸውንም አስይዤ ሕዝቡን በየወገናቸው አቆምኋቸው።
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አይቼም ተነሣሁ፥ ታላላቆቹንና ሹማምቱንም የቀሩትንም ሕዝብ። አትፍሩአቸው፤ ታላቁንና የተፈራውን ጌታ አስቡ፥ ስለ ወንድሞቻችሁም ስለ ወንዶችና ስለ ሴቶች ልጆቻችሁም ስለ ሚስቶቻችሁም ስለ ቤቶቻችሁም ተዋጉ አልኋቸው።
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ጠላቶቻችንም ይህ ነገር እንደ ደረሰልን፥ እግዚአብሔርም ምክራቸውን ከንቱ እንዳደረገው ሰሙ፤ እኛም ሁላችን ወደ ቅጥሩ እያንዳንዳችን ወደ ሥራችን ተመለስን።
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ከዚያም ቀን ጀምሮ እኵሌቶቹ ብላቴኖቼ ሥራ ይሠሩ ነበር፥ እኵሌቶቹም ጋሻና ጦር ቀስትና ጥሩርም ይዘው ነበር፤ አለቆቹም ከይሁዳ ቤት ሁሉ በኋላ ይቆሙ ነበር።
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ቅጥሩንም የሚሠሩትና ተሸካሚዎቹ በአንድ እጃቸው ይሠሩ ነበር፥ በአንድ እጃቸውም የጦር መሣሪያቸውን ይይዙ ነበር።
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አናጢዎቹም ሁሉ እያንዳንዱ ሰይፉን በወገቡ ታጥቆ ይሠራ ነበር፤ ቀንደ መለከትም የሚነፋ በአጠገቤ ነበረ።
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ታላላቆቹንና ሹማምቱን የቀሩትንም ሕዝብ። ሥራው ታላቅና ሰፊ ነው፥ እኛም በቅጥሩ ላይ ተበታትነናል፥ አንዱም ከሁለተኛው ርቆአል፤
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የቀንደ መለከቱን ድምፅ ወደምትሰሙበት ስፍራ ወደዚያ ወደ እኛ ተሰብሰቡ፤ አምላካችን ስለ እኛ ይዋጋል አልኋቸው።
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ሥራውንም ሠራን ከማለዳ ወገግታም ጀምሮ ከዋክብት እስኪወጡ ድረስ እኵሌቶቹ ጦር ይይዙ ነበር።
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ደግሞም በዚያ ጊዜ ሕዝቡን። ሁላችሁ ከብላቴኖቻችሁ ጋር በኢየሩሳሌም ውስጥ እደሩ፤ በሌሊትም ጠባቂዎች ሁኑልን፥ በቀንም ሥሩ አልኋቸው።
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እኔና ወንድሞቼም ብላቴኖቼም በኋላዬም የነበሩት ጠባቂዎች ልብሳችንን አናወልቅም ነበር።

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But it happened that when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.
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He spoke before his brothers and the army of Samaria, and said, What are these feeble Jews doing? 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 rubbish, seeing they are burned?
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Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they are building, if a fox go up, he shall break down their stone wall.
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Hear, our God; for we are despised: and turn back their reproach on their own head, and give them up for a spoil in a land of captivity;
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and don''t cover their iniquity, and don''t let their sin be blotted out from before you; for they have provoked [you] to anger before the builders.
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So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to half [the height] of it: for the people had a mind to work.
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But it happened that when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem went forward, [and] that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very angry;
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and they conspired all of them together to come and fight against Jerusalem, and to cause confusion therein.
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But we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
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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.
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Our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, until we come into the midst of them, and kill them, and cause the work to cease.
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It happened that when the Jews who lived by them came, they said to us ten times from all places, You must return to us.
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Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set [there] the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
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I looked, and rose up, and said to the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Don''t be you afraid of them: remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
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It happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and God had brought their counsel to nothing, that we returned all of us to the wall, everyone to his work.
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It happened from that time forth, that half of my servants worked in the work, and half of them held the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the coats of mail; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
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They all built the wall and those who bore burdens loaded themselves; everyone with one of his hands worked in the work, and with the other held his weapon;
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and the builders, everyone had his sword girded by his side, and so built. He who sounded the trumpet was by me.
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I said to the nobles, and to the rulers and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated on the wall, one far from another:
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in whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, resort you there to us; our God will fight for us.
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So we worked in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.
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Likewise at the same time said I to the people, Let everyone with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and may labor in the day.
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So neither I, nor my brothers, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us put off our clothes, everyone [went with] his weapon [to] the water.