I was not in Jerusalem at that time, for I had returned to the king in the thirty-second year of the reign of King Artaxerxes of Babylon, though I later received his permission to return.
References for Nehemiah 13:6
When I arrived back in Jerusalem and learned the extent of this evil deed of Eliashib -- that he had provided Tobiah with a room in the courtyards of the Temple of God --
I became very upset and threw all of Tobiah's belongings from the room.
Then I demanded that the rooms be purified, and I brought back the utensils for God's Temple, the grain offerings, and the frankincense.