Metaphysical meaning of Mehetabel (mbd)
Mehetabel (in A.V., Nehemiah 6:10, Mehetabeel), me-het'-a-bel (Heb.)--to whom God does good; God benefits; bettered of God; God is the greatest good the best part is God; God-favored; God is good.
a Daughter of Matred, and wife of Hadar, king of Edom (Gen. 36:39). b Father of Delaiah; also grandfather of Shemaiah, a prophet who was hired by Tobiah and Sanballat to prophesy falsely to Nehemiah and thus cause him to fear, so that his work in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem might be hindered (Neh. 6:10).
The Mehetabel of Nehemiah 6:10 also symbolizes a belief in the grace and goodness of God toward man. This belief, however, is more of the intellect than of true spiritual understanding; thus it brings forth ideas (such as Shemaiah) that can be influenced by the secret error thoughts of the sense consciousness for which Tobiah and Sanballat stand.