And the officers of the children of Israel, that Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and asked, Why have you not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as before?
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God.
Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now has it been in building, and yet it is not finished.
Lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.