Nehemiah 6:4

4 Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.

Nehemiah 6:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.
ESV
4 And they sent to me four times in this way, and I answered them in the same manner.
NLT
4 Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply.
MSG
4 Four times they sent this message and four times I gave them my answer.
CSB
4 Four times they sent me the same proposal, and I gave them the same reply.

Nehemiah 6:4 Meaning and Commentary

Nehemiah 6:4

Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort
Being very desirous of getting him into their hands, and therefore were very pressing and importunate:

and I answered them after the same manner;
every time as before, he being as much bent on finishing the work as they were to divert him from it.

Nehemiah 6:4 In-Context

2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me;
3 so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”
4 Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.
5 Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter
6 in which was written: “It is reported among the nations—and Geshem says it is true—that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king