Ridicule





is a mighty weapon.



"What do these feeble Jews?" said Sanballat. "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?"



"Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break

down their stone wall," said Tobiah the Ammonite.



But Nehemiah was wise. He paid no attention to them. He just looked

to God for grace and comfort:



"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:

and cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out

from before: for they have provoked thee to anger before the

builders."



Young man, if you wish to be successful in this world, don't mind

Sanballat or Tobiah. Don't be kept out of the kingdom of God or out

of active Christian work by the scorn and laughter and ridicule of

your godless neighbors and companions.



Next, these enemies conspired to come and fight against Jerusalem.



Nehemiah was warned, and took steps to guard against them. Half of

the people were on the watch, and the other half held a sword in one

hand and a trowel in the other. There was





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