New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:3 cannot come down. In this response also, Nehemiah sets a notable example for Christian leaders. It is counter-productive to allow God’s enemies (or even compromising believers) to get them sidetracked into unnecessary activities or arguments.
6:8 thou feignest them. God’s enemies will even resort to lying slander against those who are faithfully accomplishing an important work for Him. Nehemiah’s appropriate response was simply to deny the charges and keep on with the work.
6:11 not go in. Not even the threat of personal assassination could deter Nehemiah. Carried by an ostensibly well-meaning (but actually traitorous) Jew hired by Sanballat, Nehemiah had to take the threat seriously. However, he would rather die than to commit the sacrilege (as well as cowardly act) of hiding in the temple where he had no right, as a non-priest, to enter. This would have so compromised his testimony that his leadership would have been destroyed even if his life had been spared. Christian leaders cannot afford to be swayed by such threats.
6:14 prophetess Noadiah. God’s enemies may even hire—or Satan himself may raise up—false prophets to try to convince Christians that they are not in God’s will in what they are doing for God. The answer is for them to verify all such prophets and their supposed prophecies by God’s Word (Isaiah 8:20). Sadly, there always seem to be compromisers—or even traitors—among those who profess to be God’s people (see Nehemiah 6:17-19). These people will (whether intentionally or in ignorance) seek to get Christian witnesses, especially key leaders, off the track of true fidelity to Scripture.
6:16 wrought of our God. Nehemiah’s faith, persistence and courage were fully vindicated when the wall was built, despite all kinds of opposition and attempted diversion in just fifty-two days (Nehemiah 6:15).