Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews.
He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the 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 dusty rubble even the burned ones?"
Now Tobiah the Ammonite [was] near him and he said, "Even what they are building-- if a fox should jump on [it], he would break their stone wall down!"
Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.
Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have demoralized the builders.