The Years of Return

        Nehemiah 6

A Biblical Study


       RECOGNIZING     DECEPTION                 


“I Perceived That God Had Not Sent Him”




SANBALLAT - governor of Samaria;  (2:9-10)


FEIGN -                            (Heb. 908) to invent, devise. (Gr. 5271) to speak or act under a false part, pretend.


SHEMAIAH - one who tried to intimidate Nehemiah;  an invalid;  because of lineage specification, not to be confused with 3:39 and 10:8,12.


NODIAH - a prophetess who tried to intimidate Nehemiah.


SHECHANIAH - a Jewish priest who had not annulled the mixed marriage of his daughter to Tobiah.


1.        After he saw that the walls were rebuilt and joined together, what did Sanballat ask of Nehemiah?  (6:2)                                                                    

·         Why didn’t Nehemiah want to meet him?                                                                                                                                

2.        What was Nehemiah’s excuse for not joining him?  (6:3)                                                                                                                                        

3.        How many times did Sanballat try to get Nehemiah to meet with him?  (6:4)                                                                      

4.        On the 5th attempt, what was written in an open letter?                                                                                              1.  (6:6)                                                                                                                                                                            2.  (6:7)  

5.        How did Nehemiah respond?  (6:8-9)                                                                                                                                       

6.        When Nehemiah came to the house of Shemaiah, where was he told to hide? (6:10)                                                           

·         Why?                                                                                                                                                                                             

7.        Why did Nehemiah not listen?  (6:11-12)                                                                                                                                   

8.        What was the purpose of Tobiah hiring people?   (6:13)                                                                                                                                          

9.        What did Sanballat use the “prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets” to do to Nehemiah?  (6:14)                                    

10.     How many days did it take for the walls of Jerusalem to be completed?  (6:15)                                                                                                     

11.     How did the enemies and the heathen respond?  (6:16)                                                                                                                                           

12.     Who had Tobiah gotten support from in Judah?  (6:17)                                                                                                                                                 

·         How did Tobiah use this?                         (6:19)  



“Let No Man Deceive You” 

1.        How did Nehemiah know not to go into the temple?   I Kings 1:50;  2:28-34                                                                                     

2.        Nehemiah was attacked from those “within the walls” as well as from those without.  What was repeatedly mentioned the enemy was trying to do him?                                                                                                         

3.        REVIEW (s.c.) the definition of “Feign.” What kind of things do people “feign”? 

·         Luke 20:20   

·         2 Peter 2:1-3                                                 

4.        List five occasions of attempted deception that Nehemiah faced:  Match the challenge.                                       1)  _______________________                A)  Accusation                                                                                                                     2)  _______________________                       B)  Scripture                                                                                                                          3)  _______________________                    C)  The Educated                                                                                                                    4)  _______________________        D)  The Church                                                                                                                  5)  _______________________             E)  Repetition

5.        Read the warning Ephesians 5:1-7, 11-12. In what way can we (and our children) be deceived with “vain words”?







Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.                         

                 -Psalm 17:1


·   Pray that we may be able to distinguish those with “feigned lips.”

·   Pray for wisdom to follow the council of righteousness.


NEXT WEEK…                  Read Nehemiah 7-8 for the study.