Nehemiah 6 ©
Sanballat practiseth against Nehemiah by insidious attempts, false rumours, and hired prophecies. The wall is finished to the great dismay of the enemy. The nobles of Judah hold traitorous intelligence with Tobiah.
NOW it came to pass, when aSanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no bbreach left therein; (though at that time I chad not set up the doors upon the gates;)
Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;
And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us ktake counsel together.
Afterward I came unto the house of oShemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was pshut up; and he said, qLet 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 thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.
And it came to pass, that when yall our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were zmuch cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.
¶Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah 2sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.