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Bible Commentaries

Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Nehemiah 7

Verses 1-73

Nehemiah 7:2 . I gave my brother Hanani, probably his eldest brother, who had come to Shushan to represent the injuries sustained by the Jews, from the governor in Samaria: Nehemiah 1:2. And Hananiah, ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem; Nehemiah being bound by promise to return to Persia.

Nehemiah 7:4 . The city was large and great. The walls round about the upper and lower city, might be about a hundred furlongs, or twelve miles. The population of forty three thousand Hebrews, and seven thousand servants, as in Nehemiah 7:67, amount to fifty thousand. This was only a tenth part of the population, in the happier days of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah 7:7 . Who came with Zerubbabel. Azariah, called Seraiah in Esdras. Those twelve held the first place at the court. The heads of families that follow are much the same as in Ezra 2:0., and also in the Chronicles. These were accounted by the Jews to be nobles and elders.

Nehemiah 7:68-69 . Their horses seven hundred and thirty six, which, it would seem, were kept for yeomen: Nehemiah 11:14. Mules, two hundred and forty five, for the better sort of people. Camels, four hundred and thirty five, for trade across the deserts. Asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty, for plowing and ascending the hills.

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Sutcliffe, Joseph. "Commentary on Nehemiah 7". Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments. 1835.