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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Tobi´ah, a base Samaritan, who, having raised himself from a state of slavery to be a trusted favorite of Sanballat, did his utmost to gratify his master by resisting the proceedings of Nehemiah in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. His dishonest practices and threats proved alike unsuccessful; but during the temporary absence of Nehemiah, Tobiah succeeded, with the aid of his relative Eliashib, the priest, in getting himself comfortably and splendidly established in 'a great chamber in the house of God' (). But his glory was short-lived. Nehemiah returned, and caused him and his household-stuff to be ignominiously cast out of the temple. This is the last that we know of this member of that vile class who are ready and unscrupulous tools in the hands of their superiors for any dishonorable undertaking.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Tobiah'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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