Understanding the Scriptures
|Breach (v. 1)||Holes, gaps|
|Mischief (v. 2)||Harm|
|Feignest (v. 8)||Makes up, pretends|
|Perceived (vv. 12, 16)||Realized|
|Reproach (v. 13)||Speak evil of|
|Cast down in their own eyes (v. 16)||Discouraged|
|Was wrought of (v. 16)||Came from|
Nehemiah 6:10–13—Why Would Nehemiah Not Go into the Temple?
Shemaiah was seemingly part of a plan to stop Nehemiah’s efforts, and Shemaiah’s being “shut up” in his house was part of the plan. Shemaiah made it sound like Nehemiah’s life was in danger and told Nehemiah that he should go to the temple, grab the horns of the altar, and plead that his life be protected, which was an action spoken of in the law of Moses (see Exodus 21:14; 1 Kings 1:50–51; 2:28; 2 Kings 11:15). Nehemiah recognized the plot against him and chose to trust the Lord for protection. Another reason Nehemiah did not go into the temple was because he was not a priest. Shemaiah and others hoped to ruin Nehemiah’s reputation with the people, but they failed.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Nehemiah 6.
Name the people in Nehemiah 6 who tried to do harm to Nehemiah, and explain how.
What things did Nehemiah do to avoid falling into their “traps”?