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Nehemiah 6 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Enemies Try to Make Nehemiah Fearful

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:1 -

Now it happened when it was heard by Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although at that time I had not made the doors to stand in the gates,

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:2 - that Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together at [fn]Chephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they were planning to [fn]do me harm.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:3 - 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?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:4 - And they sent messages to me four times in this manner, and I responded to them in the same manner.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:5 - Then Sanballat sent his young man to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:6 - In it was written,

“It is heard among the nations, and [fn]Gashmu says, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these words.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:7 -

“You have also [fn]set up prophets to call out in Jerusalem concerning [fn]you, ‘A king is in Judah!’ So now it will be heard by the king according to these words. So now, come, let us take counsel together.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:8 - Then I sent a message to him, saying,

“Such words as you are saying have not been done, but you are devising them in your own heart.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:9 - For all of them were trying to frighten us, [fn]thinking, “Their hands will [fn]become limp in doing the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:10 -

Now I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was [fn]confined at home, and 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.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:11 - But I said, “Should a man like me flee? And could one such as I go into the temple just to live? I will not go in.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:12 - Then I recognized [fn]that surely God had not sent him, but he spoke his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:13 - He was hired for this reason, that I might become afraid and act accordingly and sin, so that they could give me a bad name in order that they could reproach me.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:14 - Remember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these works of theirs, and also Noadiah the prophetess and the rest of the prophets who were trying to make me afraid.

The Wall Is Finished

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:15 -

So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:16 - Now it happened that when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, [fn]their confidence fell. And they knew that it was from our God that this work had been accomplished.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:17 - Also in those days many letters went from the nobles of Judah to Tobiah, and Tobiah’s letters came to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:18 - For many in Judah were sworn by oath to him because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah as a wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:19 - Moreover, they were speaking about his good deeds in my presence and bringing my words to him. Then Tobiah sent letters to make me afraid.
LSB Footnotes
Or one of the villages
Lit do evil to me
In v 1 and elsewhere, Geshem
Lit made prophets stand, cf. 4:13; 6:1; 7:3
Lit you, saying
Lit saying,
Lit drop from
Lit shut up
Lit and behold, God
Lit they fell exceedingly in their own eyes

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