- "Now when it was reported to Sanbal'lat and Tobi'ah and to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates), "
- "Sanbal'lat and Geshem sent to me, saying, ""Come and let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono."" But they intended to do me harm. "
- "And 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?"" "