Sanballat practiseth by craft, by rumours, by hired prophecies, to terrify Nehemiah.
Nehemiah 6:1 And when Sanabalat, Tobiah, & Gesem the Arabian, and the other of our enemyes heard that I had buylded þe wall: and that ther were no mo gappes therin (howbeit at the same tyme had I not hanged the dores vpon the gates) Nehemiah 6:2 Sanabalat & Gesem sent vnto me, sayenge: that we maye mete and take councell together in the villages that are in the playne of the cytie Ono. Neuerthelesse, they thought to do me euell. Nehemiah 6:3 And I sent messengers vnto them, sayenge: I haue a great busynes to do, and I cannot come downe. The worcke shulde stande stil, yf I were neclygent, and came downe to you. Nehemiah 6:4 Howbeit, they sent vnto me as good as foure times after the same maner. And I gaue them the same answere. Nehemiah 6:5 Then sent Sanabalat hys seruaunt agayne vnto me the fyfth tyme, wt an open letter in hys hand, Nehemiah 6:6 wherin was writen: it is tolde the heathen, and Gesem hath sayde it, that thou and the Iewes thincke to rebell: for the which cause thou buyldest the wall, that thou mayest be their kyng in these matters, Nehemiah 6:7 and hast ordeyned the prophetes to preach of the at Ierusalem, and to saye: He is kynge of Iuda. And now shall thys come to the kynges eares: come now therfore, and let vs take our councell together. Nehemiah 6:8 And I sent vnto hym, sayinge: there is no soch thynges done as thou sayst: for thou faynest them out of thyne awne herte. Nehemiah 6:9 For they were all mynded to make vs afrayed, sayinge: they shall withdrawe their handes from the worcke, that it shall not be fynisshed. Howbeit, I strengthed my hande the more. Nehemiah 6:10 And I came vnto the house of Semaia the sonne of Delaia the sonne of Mehetabeel, and he had shut hym self within, and sayde: let vs come together into the house of God, euen vnto the myddes of the temple, and shutte the dores of the temple: for they wyll come to slaye the, yee, euen in the nyght wyll they come to put the to death. Nehemiah 6:11 And I sayde: shulde any soch man as I flye? Who is that, beyng as I am, that wil go into the temple, to saue his lyfe? I wyll not go in. Nehemiah 6:12 And I perceaued, that God had not sent hym. Yet spake he prophecy vpon me, neuerthelesse, Tobiah and Sanabalat had hyred him for money. Nehemiah 6:13 Therfore toke he the money that through feare I shulde so do, and synne: that they might haue an euell reporte of me, to blaspheme me. Nehemiah 6:14 My God, thinke thou vpon Tobiah and Sanabalat accordynge vnto these theyr workes, and of the prophet Noadia, and of the other prophetes, that wolde haue put me in feare.
The work is finished to the terror of the enemies.
Nehemiah 6:15 And the wall was fynysshed on the fyue and twentye daye of the moneth Elul, in two and fyfty dayes. Nehemiah 6:16 And when all our enemyes hearde therof, all the heathen that were about vs, were afrayed, and theyr courage fayled them. And they perceaued, that thys worcke came of our God.
Secret intelligence passeth between the enemies and the nobles of Judah.
Nehemiah 6:17 And at the same tyme were ther many of the chefe of Iuda, whose letters wente vnto Tobiah, and agayne from Tobiah vnto them Nehemiah 6:18 (for there were many in Iuda, that were sworne vnto him: for he was the sonne in lawe of Sechania, the sonne of Arah, & his sonne Iehonathan had the daughter of Mesullam, the sonne of Barachia, Nehemiah 6:19 and they spake good of hym before me, and tolde hym my wordes) and Tobiah sent letters, to put me in feare.