Nehemiah 6:13
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New International Version
He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.

New Living Translation
They were hoping to intimidate me and make me sin. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit me.

English Standard Version
For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me.

New American Standard Bible
He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He was hired, so that I would be intimidated, do as he suggested, sin, and get a bad reputation, in order that they could discredit me.

International Standard Version
He had been hired to make me afraid so I would sin by doing what he suggested. Then they could create a slanderous report to use against me.

NET Bible
He had been hired to scare me so that I would do this and thereby sin. They would thus bring reproach on me and I would be discredited.

New Heart English Bible
He hired so that I would be afraid, do so, and sin, and that they might have material for an unfavorable report, that they might taunt me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He was hired to intimidate me into doing this so that I would sin. Then they could give me a bad reputation in order to discredit me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For this cause 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 taunt me.

New American Standard 1977
He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he was bribed to make me be thus afraid and sin and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
For this cause 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he had taken money, that I being afraid should do this thing, and sin, and they might have some evil to upbraid me withal.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have wherewith to spread an evil report, that they might reproach me.

English Revised Version
For this cause 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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
He hired so that I would be afraid, do so, and sin, and that they might have material for an evil report, that they might reproach me.

Young's Literal Translation
so that he is an hireling, that I may fear and do so, and I had sinned, and it had been to them for an evil name that they may reproach me.
Study Bible
Sanballat's Threats and Conspiracy
12Then I perceived that surely God had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me. 14Remember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these works of theirs, and also Noadiah the prophetess and the rest of the prophets who were trying to frighten me.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 6:6
In it was written, "It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu says, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports.

Nehemiah 6:12
Then I perceived that surely God had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

that I should

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Isaiah 51:7,12,13 Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart …

Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and …

Jeremiah 1:17 You therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all …

Ezekiel 2:6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of …

Ezekiel 13:17 Likewise, you son of man, set your face against the daughters of …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

and sin

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

and that they

Nehemiah 6:6 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu …

Proverbs 22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving …

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death …

report, that

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

Daniel 6:4,5 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel …

Matthew 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle …

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false …

Acts 6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak …

2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them …

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…

Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary …

(13) An evil report.--Nehemiah perceived that not God, but Shemaiah himself, had uttered the prophecy "against me," and that he was hired to bring the governor into discredit as a violator of law.

Verse 13. - Therefore was he hired, etc. Their motive for bribing him was, that I might be induced by-fear to do as Shemaiah suggested, and so to commit sin; whereby they would have a just ground for spreading an evil report concerning me, and making my misconduct a constant reproach to me. Nehemiah's influence depended greatly on the weight of his moral character. One false step, and he would have been lost; his influence would have been gone; and the work on which his heart was set would have come to nought. Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so,

and sin,.... By distrusting the power and providence of God to protect him, and by going into such a part of the temple, which he, being no priest, had no right to go into:

and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me; as a rebel and traitor against the king, which had been reported of him, and which would be strengthened by such a step. 6:10-14 The greatest mischief our enemies can do us, is, to frighten us from our duty, and to lead us to do what is sinful. Let us never decline a good work, never do a bad one. We ought to try all advice, and to reject what is contrary to the word of God. Every man should study to be consistent. Should I, a professed Christian, called to be a saint, a child of God, a member of Christ, a temple of the Holy Ghost, should I be covetous, sensual, proud, or envious? Should I yield to impatience, discontent, or anger? Should I be slothful, unbelieving, or unmerciful? What effects will such conduct have upon others? All that God has done for us, or by us, or given to us, should lead us to watchfulness, self-denial, and diligence. Next to the sinfulness of sin, we should dread the scandal.
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