King James VersionNehemiah6


1 Now it came to pass, when San­bal­lat, and To­bi­ah, and Geshem the Ara­bi­an, and the rest of our en­e­mies, heard that I had build­ed the wall, and that there was no breach left there­in; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) 2 That San­bal­lat and Geshem sent unto me, say­ing, Come, let us meet to­geth­er in ­some one of the vil­lages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mis­chief. 3 And I sent mes­sen­gers unto them, say­ing, I am do­ing a great work, so that I can­not come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you? 4 Yet they sent unto me four times af­ter this sort; and I an­swered them af­ter the same man­ner. 5 Then sent San­bal­lat his ser­vant unto me in like man­ner the fifth time with an open let­ter in his hand; 6 Where­in was writ­ten, It is re­port­ed among the hea­then, and Gash­mu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, ac­cord­ing to these words. 7 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 take coun­sel to­geth­er. 8 Then I sent unto him, say­ing, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. 9 For they all made us afraid, say­ing, Their hands shall be weak­ened from the work, that it be not done. Now there­fore, O God, strength­en my hands. 10 Af­ter­ward I came unto the house of She­ma­iah the son of De­la­iah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; 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 thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee. 11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the tem­ple to save his life? I will not go in. 12 And, lo, I per­ceived that God had not sent him; but that he pro­nounced this prophe­cy against me: for To­bi­ah and San­bal­lat had hired him. 13 There­fore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil re­port, that they might re­proach me. 14 My God, think thou upon 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 and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. 16 And it came to pass, that when all our en­e­mies heard thereof, and all the hea­then that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they per­ceived that this work was wrought of our God. 17 More­over in those days the no­bles of Ju­dah sent many let­ters unto To­bi­ah, and the letters of To­bi­ah came unto them. 18 For there were many in Ju­dah sworn unto 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 Also they re­port­ed his good deeds be­fore me, and ut­tered my words to him. And To­bi­ah sent let­ters to put me in fear.