6:1 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 a breach left
therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors
upon the gates;)
(a) That is, that they were joined together,
as in (Ne 4:6).
6:3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I [am] doing a
great work, so that I cannot come down: b why should the
work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
(b) Meaning, that if he obeyed their request, the work God
had appointed would cease: showing by this that we should
not commit ourselves to the hands of the wicked.
6:6 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 c words.
(c) As the same goes.
6:7 And thou hast also appointed d 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.
(d) You have bribed and set up false prophets, to make
yourself king, and so to defraud the king of Persia of
that subjection which you owe to him.
6:10 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of
Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who [was] e 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.
(e) As though he would be secret, to the intent that he
might pray to God with greater liberty, and receive
some revelation, which in him was only hypocrisy.
6:11 And I said, f 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.
(f) He did not doubt that God was able to preserve him and
knew that if he had obeyed this counsel he would have
discouraged all the people: thus God gives power to his
to resist false prophecies, though they seem to have
6:14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to
these their works, and on the g prophetess Noadiah, and
the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
(g) Grief caused him to pray against such, who under the
pretence of being the ministers of God, were
adversaries to his glory, and went about to overthrow
his Church, declaring also by this that where there is
one true minister of God, the devil has many hirelings.
6:15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth [day] of
[the month] h Elul, in i fifty and two days.
(h) Which was the sixth month and contained part of August,
and part of September.
(i) After I had sent Sanballat his answer.
6:17 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many k
letters unto Tobiah, and [the letters] of Tobiah came unto
(k) Thus the Church of God always has enemies within
itself, which is more dangerous than outward and