- A chapter of conflict and tensions. The wall was completed in 52 days; the people in the surrounding areas found this threatening and did what they could to thwart its accomplishment. This includes a private meeting with Nehemiah, a threatening letter to the king with lies concerning Nehemiah, and a potential meeting with a priest who was proposing a ruse to get Nehemiah to do wrong in order to have some substantive charge to level against him.
- Application: From one event and effort to the next, the minions of Satan will do what they can to thwart that which is right (cf. Luke 4:13). When a person stays on the course that the Lord set forth he has only one way to go. Those who attack will come from every which way. It is hard enough to defend self when a person sees a frontal attack, now just imagine it coming from all directions and how one will handle it then (cf. Philippians 4:13).