He spoke in the presence of his brothers and (A)the [a]wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the [b](B)dusty rubble even the burned ones?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—(C)if a fox should [c]jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!”

(D)Hear, O our God, how we are despised! (E)Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.

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  1. Nehemiah 4:2 Or army
  2. Nehemiah 4:2 Lit heaps of dust
  3. Nehemiah 4:3 Lit go up

But he [a]disdained to [b]lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman (A)sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.

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  1. Esther 3:6 Lit despised in his eyes
  2. Esther 3:6 Lit send a hand against

Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; (A)their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain. If it is pleasing to the king, let it be [a]decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king’s business, to put into the king’s treasuries.”

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  1. Esther 3:9 Lit written

13 You make us a (A)reproach to our neighbors,
A scoffing and a (B)derision to those around us.
14 You make us (C)a byword among the nations,
A [a](D)laughingstock among the peoples.

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  1. Psalm 44:14 Lit shaking of the head

They have said, “Come, and (A)let us wipe them out [a]as a nation,
That the (B)name of Israel be remembered no more.”

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  1. Psalm 83:4 Lit from

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