نَحَمْيَا 6

وَلَمَّا سَمِعَ سَنْبَلَّطُ وَطُوبِيَّا وَجَشَمٌ ٱلْعَرَبِيُّ وَبَقِيَّةُ أَعْدَائِنَا أَنِّي قَدْ بَنَيْتُ ٱلسُّورَ وَلَمْ تَبْقَ فِيهِ ثُغْرَةٌ، عَلَى أَنِّي لَمْ أَكُنْ إِلَى ذَلِكَ ٱلْوَقْتِ قَدْ أَقَمْتُ مَصَارِيعَ لِلْأَبْوَابِ، ١ 1
Now when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and that there were no longer any sections left broken open, although I had not yet set up the doors in the gates,
أَرْسَلَ سَنْبَلَّطُ وَجَشَمٌ إِلَيَّ قَائِلَيْنِ: «هَلُمَّ نَجْتَمِعُ مَعًا فِي ٱلْقُرَى فِي بُقْعَةِ أُونُو». وَكَانَا يُفَكِّرَانِ أَنْ يَعْمَلَا بِي شَرًّا. ٢ 2
Sanballat and Geshem sent to me saying, “Come, let us meet together somewhere in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do harm to me.
فَأَرْسَلْتُ إِلَيْهِمَا رُسُلًا قَائِلًا: «إِنِّي أَنَا عَامِلٌ عَمَلًا عَظِيمًا فَلَا أَقْدْرُ أَنْ أَنْزِلَ. لِمَاذَا يَبْطُلُ ٱلْعَمَلُ بَيْنَمَا أَتْرُكُهُ وَأَنْزِلُ إِلَيْكُمَا؟» ٣ 3
I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”
وَأَرْسَلَا إِلَيَّ بِمِثْلِ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ أَرْبَعَ مَرَّاتٍ، وَجَاوَبْتُهُمَا بِمِثْلِ هَذَا ٱلْجَوَابِ. ٤ 4
They sent me the same message four times, and I answered them the same way each time.
فَأَرْسَلَ إِلَيَّ سَنْبَلَّطُ بِمِثْلِ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ مَرَّةً خَامِسَةً مَعَ غُلَامِهِ بِرِسَالَةٍ مَنْشُورَةٍ بِيَدِهِ مَكْتُوبٌ فِيهَا: ٥ 5
Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same way the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand.
«قَدْ سُمِعَ بَيْنَ ٱلْأُمَمِ، وَجَشَمٌ يَقُولُ: إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ وَٱلْيَهُودُ تُفَكِّرُونَ أَنْ تَتَمَرَّدُوا، لِذَلِكَ أَنْتَ تَبْنِي ٱلسُّورَ لِتَكُونَ لَهُمْ مَلِكًا حَسَبَ هَذِهِ ٱلْأُمُورِ. ٦ 6
In it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and Geshem also says it, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel, for that is why you are rebuilding the wall. From what these reports say, you are about to become their king.
وَقَدْ أَقَمْتَ أَيْضًا أَنْبِيَاءَ لِيُنَادُوا بِكَ فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ قَائِلِينَ: فِي يَهُوذَا مَلِكٌ. وَٱلْآنَ يُخْبَرُ ٱلْمَلِكُ بِهَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ. فَهَلُمَّ ٱلْآنَ نَتَشَاوَرُ مَعًا». ٧ 7
You have also appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem, saying, 'There is a king in Judah!' You can be sure the king will hear these reports. Therefore come, let us speak with one another.”
فَأَرْسَلْتُ إِلَيْهِ قَائِلًا: «لَا يَكُونُ مِثْلُ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ ٱلَّذِي تَقُولُهُ، بَلْ إِنَّمَا أَنْتَ مُخْتَلِقُهُ مِنْ قَلْبِكَ». ٨ 8
Then I sent word to him saying, “No such things have occurred as you say, for within your heart you invented them.”
لِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا جَمِيعًا يُخِيفُونَنَا قَائِلِينَ: «قَدِ ٱرْتَخَتْ أَيْدِيهِمْ عَنِ ٱلْعَمَلِ فَلَا يُعْمَلُ».«فَٱلْآنَ يَا إِلَهِي شَدِّدْ يَدَيَّ». ٩ 9
For they all wanted to make us afraid, thinking, “They will drop their hands from doing the work, and it will not be done.” But now, God, please strengthen my hands.
وَدَخَلْتُ بَيْتَ شَمْعِيَا بْنِ دَلَايَا بْنِ مَهِيطَبْئِيلَ وَهُوَ مُغْلَقٌ، فَقَالَ: «لِنَجْتَمِعْ إِلَى بَيْتِ ٱللهِ إِلَى وَسَطِ ٱلْهَيْكَلِ وَنُقْفِلْ أَبْوَابَ ٱلْهَيْكَلِ، لِأَنَّهُمْ يَأْتُونَ لِيَقْتُلُوكَ. فِي ٱللَّيْلِ يَأْتُونَ لِيَقْتُلُوكَ». ١٠ 10
I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah son of Mehetabel, who was confined in his home. He said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. At night they are coming to kill you.”
فَقُلْتُ: «أَرَجُلٌ مِثْلِي يَهْرُبُ؟ وَمَنْ مِثْلِي يَدْخُلُ ٱلْهَيْكَلَ فَيَحْيَا؟ لَا أَدْخُلُ!». ١١ 11
I replied, “Would a man like me run away? Would a man like me go into the temple just so he could save his own life? I will not go in!”
فَتَحَقَّقْتُ وَهُوَذَا لَمْ يُرْسِلْهُ ٱللهُ لِأَنَّهُ تَكَلَّمَ بِٱلنُّبُوَّةِ عَلَيَّ، وَطُوبِيَّا وَسَنْبَلَّطُ قَدِ ٱسْتَأْجَرَاهُ. ١٢ 12
I realized that it was not God who sent him, but that he had prophesied against me. Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
لِأَجْلِ هَذَا قَدِ ٱسْتُؤْجِرَ لِكَيْ أَخَافَ وَأَفْعَلَ هَكَذَا وَأُخْطِئَ، فَيَكُونَ لَهُمَا خَبَرٌ رَدِيءٌ لِكَيْ يُعَيِّرَانِي. ١٣ 13
They hired him to make me afraid, so that I might do what he said and sin, so they could give me a bad name in order to humiliate me.
ٱذْكُرْ يَا إِلَهِي طُوبِيَّا وَسَنْبَلَّطَ حَسَبَ أَعْمَالِهِمَا هَذِهِ، وَنُوعَدْيَةَ ٱلنَّبِيَّةَ وَبَاقِيَ ٱلْأَنْبِيَاءِ ٱلَّذِينَ يُخِيفُونَنِي. ١٤ 14
Call to mind Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, and all that they did. Also call to mind the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who tried to make me be afraid.
وَكَمِلَ ٱلسُّورُ فِي ٱلْخَامِسِ وَٱلْعِشْرِينَ مِنْ أَيْلُولَ، فِي ٱثْنَيْنِ وَخَمْسِينَ يَوْمًا. ١٥ 15
So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul, after fifty-two days.
وَلَمَّا سَمِعَ كُلُّ أَعْدَائِنَا وَرَأَى جَمِيعُ ٱلْأُمَمِ ٱلَّذِينَ حَوَالَيْنَا، سَقَطُوا كَثِيرًا فِي أَعْيُنِ أَنْفُسِهِمْ، وَعَلِمُوا أَنَّهُ مِنْ قِبَلِ إِلَهِنَا عُمِلَ هَذَا ٱلْعَمَلُ. ١٦ 16
When all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us, they became afraid and they fell greatly in their own eyes. For they knew the work was done with the help of our God.
وَأَيْضًا فِي تِلْكَ ٱلْأَيَّامِ أَكْثَرَ عُظَمَاءُ يَهُوذَا تَوَارُدَ رَسَائِلِهِمْ عَلَى طُوبِيَّا، وَمِنْ عِنْدِ طُوبِيَّا أَتَتِ ٱلرَّسَائِلُ إِلَيْهِمْ. ١٧ 17
At this time the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and Tobiah's letters came to them.
لِأَنَّ كَثِيرِينَ فِي يَهُوذَا كَانُوا أَصْحَابَ حِلْفٍ لَهُ، لِأَنَّهُ صِهْرُ شَكَنْيَا بْنِ آرَحَ، وَيَهُوحَانَانُ ٱبْنُهُ أَخَذَ بِنْتَ مَشُلَّامَ بْنِ بَرَخْيَا. ١٨ 18
For there were many in Judah who were bound by an oath to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah son of Arah. His son Jehohanan had taken as his wife the daughter of Meshullam son of Berechiah.
وَكَانُوا أَيْضًا يُخْبِرُونَ أَمَامِي بِحَسَنَاتِهِ، وَكَانُوا يُبَلِّغُونَ كَلَامِي إِلَيْهِ. وَأَرْسَلَ طُوبِيَّا رَسَائِلَ لِيُخَوِّفَنِي. ١٩ 19
They also spoke to me about his good deeds and reported my words back to him. Letters were sent to me from Tobiah to frighten me.