Now when I went into the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was 1confined to his home, he said, "Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. They are coming to kill you by night."
But I said, "Should such a man as I run away? And what man such as I could go into the temple and live? I will not go in."
And I understood and saw that God had not sent him, 2but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
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.
3Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, according to these things that they did, and also 4the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who wanted to make me afraid.