held some place of authority in Samaria when Nehemiah went up to Jerusalem to rebuild its ruined walls. He vainly attempted to hinder this work (Neh. 2:10, 19; 4:1-12; 6). His daughter became the wife of one of the sons of Joiada, a son of the high priest, much to the grief of Nehemiah (13:28).
The third was a Sidonian soldier from the house of sanballat.
"Yes, I worship Baal," continued sanballat, scarcely pausing.
Then, when that plot completely fails, sanballat loses his temper.
At length, with well-feigned fear, sanballat led forth his daughter.
All the surrounding nations are invited to join sanballat in his enterprise.
He does not utter a single word to sanballat or to his friends.
The man who sets out for heaven will scarcely fail, before he has gone many steps, to come across a sanballat.
Is Nehemiah moved from his post of duty by sanballat's message?
He simply sends sanballat word that there is not a vestige of truth in the report, nor does he intend to take any notice of it.
But sanballat is determined not to be beaten, he will try again and yet again.