The effect of mockery wasn’t lost on Nehemiah, neither should we pretend we are not hurt by people’s cutting remarks when we do hurt. Pray about it!
The whole of chapter 4 is a classic setting for a basic principle: If you are not moving, you won’t get any resistance. Those who have nothing to defend usually have no enemies (proverbs 13:8 NLT). If you must do anything worthwhile, be prepared!