8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder [1] it.

Other Translations of Nehemiah 4:8

New International Version

8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

English Standard Version

8 And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.

The Message

8 They put their heads together and decided to fight against Jerusalem and create as much trouble as they could.

New King James Version

8 and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.

New Living Translation

8 They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Nehemiah 4:8

Commentary on Nehemiah 4:7-15

(Read Nehemiah 4:7-15)

The hindering good work is what bad men aim at, and promise themselves success in; but good work is God's work, and it shall prosper. God has many ways of bringing to light, and so of bringing to nought, the devices and designs of his church's enemies. If our enemies cannot frighten us from duty, or deceive us into sin, they cannot hurt us. Nehemiah put himself and his cause under the Divine protection. It was the way of this good man, and should be our way. All his cares, all his griefs, all his fears, he spread before God. Before he used any means, he made his prayer to God. Having prayed, he set a watch against the enemy. If we think to secure ourselves by prayer, without watchfulness, we are slothful, and tempt God; if by watchfulness, without prayer, we are proud, and slight God: either way, we forfeit his protection. God's care of our safety, should engage and encourage us to go on with vigour in our duty. As soon as a danger is over, let us return to our work, and trust God another time.