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 Nehemiah 6
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   Book of NehemiahClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
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The Enemy's Plot

1 Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although R124 at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates, 2 then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, "Come, let us meet together at Chephirim F52 in the plain of Ono." R125 But they were planning to harm F53 me. 3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?" 4 They sent messages to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way. 5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand. 6 In it was written, "It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu F54 says, that you R126 and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports. 7 "You have also appointed prophets to proclaim in Jerusalem concerning you, F55 `A king is in Judah!' And now it will be reported to the king according to these reports. So come now, let us take counsel together." 8 Then I sent a message to him saying, "Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are inventing R127 them in F56 your own mind." 9 For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, F57 "They F58 will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done." But now, O R128 God, strengthen my hands.

10 When I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who R129 was confined F59 at home, he said, "Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill you at night." 11 But I said, "Should R130 a man like me flee? And could one such as I go into the temple to F60 save his life? I will not go in." 12 Then I perceived that F61 surely God had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He was hired for this reason, that R131 I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me. 14 Remember, R132 O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these works of theirs, and also Noadiah the R133 prophetess and the rest of the prophets who were trying to frighten me.

The Wall Is Finished

15 So the R134 wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 When R135 all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost F62 their confidence; for they R136 recognized that this work had been accomplished with F63 the help of our God. 17 Also in those days many letters went from the nobles of Judah to Tobiah, and Tobiah's letters came to them. 18 For many in Judah were bound by oath to him because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah. 19 Moreover, they were speaking about his good deeds in my presence and reported my words to him. Then Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.


FOOTNOTES:
F52: Another reading is, one of the villages
F53: Lit do evil to me
F54: In v 1 and elsewhere, Geshem
F55: Lit you, saying
F56: Lit from your heart
F57: Lit saying,
F58: Lit Their hands will drop from
F59: Lit shut up
F60: Lit and live
F61: Lit and behold God
F62: Lit fell exceedingly in their own eyes
F63: Lit from our God

CROSS REFERENCES:
R124: Nehemiah 3:1,3
R125: 1 Chronicles 8:12
R126: Nehemiah 2:19
R127: Job 1:13:4; Psalms 52:2
R128: Psalms 138:3
R129: Jeremiah 36:5
R130: Proverbs 28:1
R131: Nehemiah 6:6
R132: Nehemiah 13:29
R133: Ezekiel 13:17
R134: Nehemiah 4:1,2
R135: Nehemiah 2:10; 4:1,7
R136: Exodus 14:25

 
 

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