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Nehemiah 4:5

    Nehemiah 4:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before you: for they have provoked you to anger before the builders.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee; for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let not their wrongdoing be covered or their sin washed away from before you: for they have made you angry before the builders.

    Webster's Revision

    and cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee; for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

    World English Bible

    don't cover their iniquity, and don't let their sin be blotted out from before you; for they have insulted the builders."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

    Definitions for Nehemiah 4:5

    Iniquity - Sin; wickedness; evil.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Nehemiah 4:5

    Let not their sin be blotted out - These are the most terrible imprecations; but probably we should understand them as declaratory, for the same form of the verb, in the Hebrew, is used as precative and imperative. Turn their reproach - Their reproach shall be turned. Give them for a prey - They shall be given for a prey. Cover not their iniquity - Their iniquity shall not be covered. Let not their sin be blotted out - Their sin shall not be blotted out. All who know the genius of the Hebrew language, know that the future tense is used to express all these senses. Besides, we may rest assured that Nehemiah's curses, or declaration of God's judgments, had respect only to their bodies, and to their life: not to their souls and the world to come. And then they amount to no more than this: What a man soweth that he shall reap.

    Wesley's Notes on Nehemiah 4:5

    4:5 Cover not - Let their wickedness be in thy sight, so as to bring down judgments upon them, that either they may be reformed, or others may be warned by their example. God is said to cover or hide sin when he forbears to punish it. Provoked thee - They have not only provoked us builders, but thee also.