(1-23) The opposition of the enemies, and Nehemiah’s plans of defence.
Will they fortify themselves?—Rather, will they leave them to themselves? The nations are referred to; but contempt is not scrupulous or precise.
Will they sacrifice?—This is the provocation of God mentioned in Nehemiah 4:5.
They have provoked thee.—The tone of its holy revenge pervades the Old Testament, and has not altogether departed in the New.
Began to be stopped.—The wall, they heard, was continuous. The tribes here enumerated were only small parties under the immediate influence of Sanballat: nothing beyond that would have been likely to occur among subjects in common of Persia.
To hinder it.—Rather, to do it hurt.
Habergeons are coats of mail or corselets, thin plates of metal sewn upon leather.
The rulers were behind—Ready to lead the defence, if necessary.