Neh 6:10

6:10 Shemaiah. He may have been not only a prophet (v. 12) but a priest, giving him access to the temple.

in the house of God. The final ploy now unfolds. Nehemiah might have sought asylum in the courtyard of the temple (Ex. 21:12–14), but he was not allowed to enter the temple itself since he was not a priest (Num. 18:7).