Nehemiah 6:12
New International Version
I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

New Living Translation
I realized that God had not spoken to him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

English Standard Version
And I understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Berean Study Bible
I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

King James Bible
And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

New King James Version
Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

New American Standard Bible
Then I realized that God certainly had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

NASB 1995
Then I perceived that surely God had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

NASB 1977
Then I perceived that surely God had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Amplified Bible
Then I realized that God had not sent him, but he spoke this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Christian Standard Bible
I realized that God had not sent him, because of the prophecy he spoke against me. Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I realized that God had not sent him, because of the prophecy he spoke against me. Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

American Standard Version
And I discerned, and, lo, God had not sent him; but he pronounced this prophecy against me: and Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I discerned that it was not God who had sent him to me, neither was it told me by a Prophet that Tobia and Samblat would kill me, and his companions had hired him, and they sent him against me to kill me.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I observed, and, behold, God had not sent him, for the prophecy was a fable devised against me:

Contemporary English Version
Suddenly I realized that God had not given Shemaiah this message. But Tobiah and Sanballat had paid him to trick me

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I understood that God had not sent him, but that he had spoken to me as if he had been prophesying, and Tobias, and Sanaballat had hired him.

English Revised Version
And I discerned, and, lo, God had not sent him: but he pronounced this prophecy against me: and Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Good News Translation
When I thought it over, I realized that God had not spoken to Shemaiah, but that Tobiah and Sanballat had bribed him to give me this warning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then I realized that God hadn't sent him. Instead, Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him to prophesy against me.

International Standard Version
I perceived that God had not sent him. Instead, Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him to pronounce this prophecy against me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I discerned, and, lo, God had not sent him; for he pronounced this prophecy against me, whereas Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Literal Standard Version
And I discern, and behold, God has not sent him, for in the prophecy he has spoken to me both Tobiah and Sanballat hired him,

NET Bible
I recognized the fact that God had not sent him, for he had spoken the prophecy against me as a hired agent of Tobiah and Sanballat.

New Heart English Bible
I discerned, and look, God had not sent him; but he pronounced this prophecy against me. Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

World English Bible
I discerned, and behold, God had not sent him; but he pronounced this prophecy against me. Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Young's Literal Translation
And I discern, and lo, God hath not sent him, for in the prophecy he hath spoken unto me both Tobiah and Sanballat hired him,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Sanballat's Conspiracy
11But I replied, “Should a man like me run away? Should one like me go into the temple to save his own life? I will not go!” 12I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would sin by doing as he suggested, so they could give me a bad name in order to discredit me.…

Cross References
Nehemiah 6:11
But I replied, "Should a man like me run away? Should one like me go into the temple to save his own life? I will not go!"

Nehemiah 6:13
He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would sin by doing as he suggested, so they could give me a bad name in order to discredit me.


Treasury of Scripture

And, see, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

I perceived

Ezekiel 13:22
Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:

1 Corinthians 2:15
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1 Corinthians 12:10
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

God had

Jeremiah 14:14
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Jeremiah 23:16,25
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD…

Jeremiah 28:15
Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.

hired him

Isaiah 56:11
Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Ezekiel 13:19
And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

Micah 3:11
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.









Verse 12. - And, lo, I perceived, etc. Rather, "And I considered; and lo! God had not sent him." I reflected on the whole matter, and came to the conclusion that, though he might be a prophet, he had not on this occasion exercised his prophetical office - he had not declared to me God's will (compare the case of the "old prophet," 1 Kings 13:11-18). And I was right, "for (in fact) he had pronounced this prophecy against me, because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him." "Tobiah and Sanballat" here - not "Sanballat and Tobiah," as elsewhere (Nehemiah 2:10, 19; Nehemiah 4:7; Nehemiah 6:1), because Tobiah was no doubt the immediate briber, Sanballat merely furnishing the funds.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I realized
וָאַכִּ֕ירָה (wā·’ak·kî·rāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5234: To regard, recognize

that God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

had not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

sent him,
שְׁלָח֑וֹ (šə·lā·ḥōw)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

but that he had uttered
דִּבֶּ֣ר (dib·ber)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

[this] prophecy
הַנְּבוּאָה֙ (han·nə·ḇū·’āh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5016: A prediction

against me
עָלַ֔י (‘ā·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

because
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

Tobiah
וְטוֹבִיָּ֥ה (wə·ṭō·w·ḇî·yāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 2900: Tobiah -- 'Yah is my good', three Israelites, also an Ammonite

and Sanballat
וְסַנְבַלַּ֖ט (wə·san·ḇal·laṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5571: Sanballat -- a Samaritan leader

had hired him.
שְׂכָרֽוֹ׃ (śə·ḵā·rōw)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7936: To hire


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