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

(D)Hear, O our God, how we are an object of contempt! (E)Return their taunting on their own heads, and turn them into plunder in a land of captivity.

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

But he [a]considered it beneath his dignity to [b]kill Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; so Haman (A)sought to annihilate all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were found throughout the 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 [a]comply with 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 [b]decreed that they be eliminated, and I will pay [c]ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry out the king’s business, to put into the king’s treasuries.”

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  1. Esther 3:8 Lit do the
  2. Esther 3:9 Lit written
  3. Esther 3:9 About 375 tons or 340 metric tons

13 You make us an object of (A)reproach to our neighbors,
Of scoffing and (B)ridicule to those around us.
14 You make us (C)a proverb 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’s wipe them out [a]as a nation,
So that the (B)name of Israel will no longer be remembered.”

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  1. Psalm 83:4 Lit from