"Should such a man as I run away?” (6:11). Nehemiah understood that his enemy was attacking him with fear. While the work of repairing Jerusalem’s wall was moving forward, the enemies of the Jews accused Nehemiah of rebellion against the Persians and trying to be “king” (6:6). Nehemiah was innocent, yet one of his own advisors urged him to hide in the Temple. Nehemiah recognized that his enemies wanted to shake his faith in God, “that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin” (6:13,14,19).
Nehemiah refused to hide or stop working. He had faith that ordinary citizens could rebuild Jerusalem’s wall “with the help of our God” (6:16), and they did.