AndGashmusaithit - You are accused of crimes against the state, and Geshem, the Arabian, is your accuser.
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Concise Bible Commentary
Let those who are tempted to idle merry meetings by vain companions, thus answer the temptation, We have work to do, and must not neglect it. We must never suffer ourselves to be overcome, by repeated urgency, to do anything sinful or imprudent; but when attacked with the same temptation, must resist it with the same reason and resolution. It is common for that which is desired only by the malicious, to be falsely represented by them as desired by the many. But Nehemiah knew at what they aimed, he not only denied that such things were true, but that they were reported; he was better known than to be thus suspected. We must never omit any known duty for fear it should be misconstrued; but, while we keep a good conscience, let us trust God with our good name. God's people, though loaded with reproach, are not really fallen so low in reputation as some would have them thought to be. Nehemiah lifted up his heart to Heaven in a short prayer. When, in our Christian work and warfare, we enter upon any service or conflict, this is a good prayer, I have such a duty to do, such a temptation to grapple with; now, therefore, O God, strengthen my hands. Every temptation to draw us from duty, should quicken us the more to duty.
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SDA Bible Commentary (limited)
6. Gashmu. Another form of the name Geshem (see on ch.2:19). Sanballat apparently means to say that the supposed rumor about Nehemiah’s planned rebellion now circulating in the surrounding nations had come to Geshem’s notice, and he in turn had transmitted it to Sanballat. Sanballat, posing as a friend, is anxious to warn Nehemiah of the grave charge made against him. In some respects this charge is similar to the report the Jews threatened to make to Caesar regarding Pilate (John 19:12, 13).