9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
9 And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
9 We countered with prayer to our God and set a round-the-clock guard against them.
9 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.
9 But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Nehemiah 4:9
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.