Read Nehemiah 6:13 Using Other Translations
Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.
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.
They were hoping to intimidate me and make me sin. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit me.