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Nehemiah 6 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:1 - When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and no breach remained in it (even though up to that time I had not positioned doors in the gates),

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:2 - Sanballat and Geshem sent word to me saying, "Come on! Let's set up a time to meet together at Kephirim in the plain of Ono." Now they intended to do me harm.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:3 - So I sent messengers to them saying, "I am engaged in an important work, and I am unable to come down. Why should the work come to a halt when I leave it to come down to you?"

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:4 - They contacted me four times in this way, and I responded the same way each time.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:5 - The fifth time that Sanballat sent his assistant to me in this way, he had an open letter in his hand.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:6 - Written in it were the following words: "Among the nations it is rumored (and Geshem has substantiated this) that you and the Jews have intentions of revolting, and for this reason you are building the wall. Furthermore, according to these rumors you are going to become their king.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:7 - You have also established prophets to announce in Jerusalem on your behalf, 'We have a king in Judah!' Now the king is going to hear about these rumors. So come on! Let's talk about this."

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:8 - I sent word back to him, "We are not engaged in these activities you are describing. All of this is a figment of your imagination."

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:9 - All of them were wanting to scare us, supposing, "Their hands will grow slack from the work, and it won't get done." So now, strengthen my hands!

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:10 - Then I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel. He was confined to his home. He said, "Let's set up a time to meet in the house of God, within the temple. Let's close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. It will surely be at night that they will come to kill you."

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:11 - But I replied, "Should a man like me run away? Would someone like me flee to the temple in order to save his life? I will not go!"

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:12 - I recognized the fact that God had not sent him, for he had spoken the prophecy against me as a hired agent of Tobiah and Sanballat.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:13 - He had been hired to scare me so that I would do this and thereby sin. They would thus bring reproach on me and I would be discredited.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:14 - Remember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat in light of these actions of theirs - also Noadiah the prophetess and the other prophets who were trying to scare me!

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:15 - So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in just fifty-two days.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:16 - When all our enemies heard and all the nations who were around us saw this, they were greatly disheartened. They knew that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:17 - In those days the aristocrats of Judah repeatedly sent letters to Tobiah, and responses from Tobiah were repeatedly coming to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:18 - For many in Judah had sworn allegiance to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah son of Arah. His son Jonathan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berechiah.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 6:19 - They were telling me about his good deeds and then taking back to him the things I said. Tobiah, on the other hand, sent letters in order to scare me.
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