Geshem was an Arab chieftain who, along with his friends Sanballat and Tobiah, tried to stop Nehemiah from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Geshem conspired to harm Nehemiah, and then threatened to report him to the Persian ruler, saying "You and the Jews intend to rebel; that is why you are building the wall; and you wish to become their king" (Neh. 6:6). But Nehemiah paid no heed to the threats and continued his work. No more was heard from Geshem.