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Nehemiah 6

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 1 Now it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there was no breach left in it; (though at that time I had not yet set up the doors upon the gates);

 2 So that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, "Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono." But they thought to harm me.

 3 I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it, and come down to you?

 4 Yet they sent messages to me four times with the same request, and I answered them with the same response.

 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant to me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;

 6 In which letter was written, "It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu said it, that you and the Jews plan to rebel, which is why you are building the wall and so that you may be their king, according to the following words

 7 From prophets who you have also appointed to preach about you at Jerusalem, who are saying, 'There is a king in Judah.' Now it shall be reported to the Babylon king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together."

 8 Then I sent a message to him, saying, "Nothing has been done as you have charged, but you have imagined them out of your own heart."

 9 For they all made us afraid, thinking, "Their hands shall be weakened from the work, so that it will not be completed." And so I prayed to God, "Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands."

 10 Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah, the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut in his home; and he said, "Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple for they will come to slay you; yes, even in the night they will come to slay you."

 11 And I said, Should a man such as me [in my position the leader] flee? Who is there, that, being as I am [the leader], would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in."

 12 I perceived that God had not sent him but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

 13 He was hired to make me afraid and then sin by following his suggestion, which might given them a way to discredit me so they could ridicule me.

 14 My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

 15 So the wall was finished in the twenty fifth day of the month Elul, which was a total of fifty two days.

 16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard of it, and all the heathen that were around us saw these things, they were afraid for they realized that this work was completed through the help of our God.

 17 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and Tobiah sent many letters to them.

 18 For there were many in Judah sworn to him, because he was the son in law of Shechaniah, the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam, the son of Berechiah.

 19 They reported his [supposed] good deeds to me, and passed my messages to him. Tobiah sent letters to make me afraid.


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