The warning oracle to Nehemiah (Neh 6:10-6:10)

“One day when I went into the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined to his house, he said.

‘Let us meet together in the house of God,

Within the temple.

Let us close the doors of the temple.

They are coming to kill you.

Indeed tonight,

They are coming to kill you.’”

There are at least 25 biblical people with the name of Shemaiah, quite a popular name. In fact, in this book of Nehemiah alone, there are 5 different people with this same name. This Shemaiah is like a recluse prophet since he stayed in his house. However, he suggested that Nehemiah meet with him in the Temple. Normally, only priests and Levites were allowed into the Temple. He said that people were going to kill Nehemiah that night.

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