Nehemiah 6:11

11 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!”

Read Nehemiah 6:11 Using Other Translations

And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.
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."
But I replied, “Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!”

What does Nehemiah 6:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Nehemiah 6:11

And I said, should such a man as I flee?
&c.] The king's commissioner, who had the conducting and management of the whole affair of building the wall of Jerusalem, on whom it wholly depended; for, should he absent himself, the people would depart and leave their work, and the city and wall be left defenceless, which was what was hoped for from this scheme; and who had expressed such confidence in God, and had had such success:

and who is there, that, being as I am;
in such a post, and in such circumstances, and on whom so much depended:

would go into the temple to save his life?
or where there was little reason to believe it would be preserved long, should he take such a step as that:

I will not go in;
as being neither lawful, nor honourable, nor safe.

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