Don't Be Afraid of the Enemy
Nehemiah 4:14

Encouraging others to be brave

"Don't be afraid of the enemy" - these words were spoken by Nehemiah in ancient days to encourage his fellow Jews to protect themselves, their families, and property during their work of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

The Bible says they worked with tools in one hand, and a sword in the other!

A video of the piano arrangement

Here is how the piano arrangement starts:

Piano and voice sheet music for Nehemiah 4:14,

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This is a moving bit of history, and a challenge

Why is this verse important, and why is it worth memorizing through music?

There's no pacifism to be found in Nehemiah's situation: he wasn't trying to appease the enemy, who wished him and all Jews dead.

It was their very lives they were protecting. 

We should be like Nehemiah

It is a good reminder to us in our decaying culture, to be strong and tell the truth we know.  There may not be much time left before the Lord returns, when all hell will break loose for those unprepared, for those left behind during the outpouring of the wrath of God.

Their enemies hated to see them prosper

7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

A look at page 2

Piano and voice sheet music for Bible verse song

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A lead sheet is easier

Here is a lead sheet, for guitar and other instruments (though a piano arrangement could be made with this sheet as well, using the chord symbols).

Lead sheet with chord symbols for

Please copy the lyrics for your service

Here are the lyrics in a block of text, including permission from the creator of  SingTheBibleStory.com to copy, paste, and use in your church or meeting on an overhead projector, computer, bulletin, or the like:

Don't be afraid of the enemy!  Remember the Lord who is great, and glorious,

and glorious!  And glorious, and glorious!

Don't be afraid of the enemy!  Remember the Lord who is great, and glorious,

and glorious!  And glorious, and glorious!

And fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.

And fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.

Don't be afraid of the enemy!  Remember the Lord who is great, and glorious,

and glorious!  Nehemiah chapter four, verse fourteen.


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