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Nehemiah's leadership of moral, righteous and G-d fearing is continued in this Chapter 6. He refused to use any income received from taxation of The People of Judah. He believed in retribution for the evil imposed upon The People of Judah by the Opposition. This chapter is about the opposition to Nehemiah by Sanballat, Geshem the Arab and Tobiah.

The Chapter starts out with Sanballat's invitation for a meeting in Kefirim on the plain of Ono. It ends up with Tobiah and his son married to a prominent Jewish family in Jerusalem. This family ends up providing a spy service against Nehemiah inside the City of David.

Verses 1-14, The Conspiracy against Nehemiah from The Plain of Ono.
Verses 15-19, The Walls are completed with Tobiah's taunting.

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Nehemiah 6:7-8, Sanballat's Tirade of Falsehood Against Nehemiah

This 5th in a chain of letters that were being sent to Nehemiah by Sanballat, now are proclaiming a Tirade of Falsehoods against him. It was now getting out of hand with the assertion of prophets(speakers) proclaiming false accusations in The Streets of Jerusalem.

In The Jewish Study Bible, the translation of the word for prophets is translated as "speakers to proclaim".

This word prophets(speakers) is actually, נְבִיאִ֡ים, ne·vi·'im,Strong's #5030, prophets, plural, more than one, a true or a false prophet.

Lets read the next two verses of Nehemiah,

V7 And you have also appointed prophets to proclaim concerning you at Jerusalem, saying, '[There is] a king in Judah!' Now these matters will be reported to the king. So come, therefore, and let us consult together.
V8 Then I sent to him, saying, "No such things as you say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart."

So the false prophets of Sanballat are proclaiming "Judah Has a King!" in the streets of Jerusalem. This is very interesting that Sanballat would know this kind of information, in that he doesn't even live in Jerusalem.

Now he is going to report this information to The Persian King, Artaxerxes, but before he does do that he wants a personal meeting with Nehemiah to discuss the problem at Kefirim.

According to Jewish Scholar Malbim, the false prophets were hired and paid for by Sanballat. There is a false prophet named Shemaiah in the up-coming verses of of 10-12 whom Tobiah and Sanballat hired to make it look as if there was a rebellion against The Persian King.

Now to Nehemiah's reply. The last verse 8 is the answer back by Nehemiah to the tirade of accusations which were gaining in their intensity and purpose of deception. Nehemiah is claiming all of Sanballat's information is a lie and no truth can be found in them.

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