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Bible Commentaries

Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Nehemiah 11

Verses 1-36

PART V (Nehemiah 11-13). The Population of Jerusalem and Judah. The Dedication of the Walls Internal Organisation.

Nehemiah 11:1-36 . The Population of Jerusalem and Judah.— This section consists of lists of the dwellers in Jerusalem and in the provincial towns of Judah.

Nehemiah 11:1 f. The need of increasing the population of Jerusalem was obvious from what is said in Nehemiah 7:4, for the bulk of the people lived in the provincial towns and in the country villages (cf. Nehemiah 7:73).

Nehemiah 11:3-24 . The lists here given enumerate the chief laymen dwelling in Jerusalem ( Nehemiah 11:3-9), the priests ( Nehemiah 11:10-14), the Levites ( Nehemiah 11:15-18; cf. 1 Chronicles 9:14-18), and the gatekeepers ( Nehemiah 11:19); in Nehemiah 11:20-24 some miscellaneous notes are added.

Nehemiah 11:25-36 . Then follows a geographical list of the provincial towns in which the children of Judah dwelt; Judæ an towns ( Nehemiah 11:25-30), Benjaminite towns ( Nehemiah 11:31-36).

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Peake, Arthur. "Commentary on Nehemiah 11". "Peake's Commentary on the Bible ". 1919.