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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Nehemiah 7:5-73

We have here another good project of Nehemiah?s; for wise and zealous men will be always contriving something or other for the glory of God and the edification of his church. He knew very well that the safety of a city, under God, depends more upon the number and valour of the inhabitants than upon the height or strength of its walls; and therefore, observing that the people were few that dwelt in it, he thought fit to take an account of the people, that he might find what families had... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Nehemiah 7:6-69

These are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity ,.... Who were of the province of Judea, as it was now reduced, and came up out of the captivity of Babylon through the edict of Cyrus; see Ezra 2:1 , where the same preface is given to the list of names as here; and from hence to the end of Nehemiah 7:69 the same account is given of persons and families as there, with some little difference of numbers and names; in some instances there are more in this list, in... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Nehemiah 7:69

Their camels , four hundred thirty and five - After this verse St. Jerome has inserted the following words in the Vulgate: - Hucusque refertur quid in commentario scriptum fuerit; exin Nehemiae historia texitur . "Thus far do the words extend which were written in the register; what follows belongs to the history of Nehemiah." But this addition is not found either in the Hebrew or any of the ancient versions. It is wanting also in the Complutum and Paris Polyglots, but... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 7:1-70

Israel within the walls. In less than two months, notwithstanding the undisguised hostility of the Samaritans, and the covert disloyalty of some of the inhabitants, the sacred city was surrounded with a wall of protection; and with supreme satisfaction and profound thankfulness the gates were closed and the doors were shut. Jerusalem was secure. But Nehemiah was not the man to settle down into passive complacency. The accomplishment of one duty meant the undertaking of another. His conduct... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 7:5-69

An honourable register. Account of those who had returned to the Holy Land under Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and other leaders; found by Nehemiah when seeking guidance in making a general census of the people. In reading this record, the following observations suggest themselves:— I. THE COMPARATIVE FEWNESS AND GENERAL POVERTY OF THE RETURNING PEOPLE . The majority of their brethren preferred their position among the heathen to the honour and peril of aiding to re-establish... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 7:6-73

The true method of prosperity. Here are the three great aims of God's people distinguished. The walls of the city are built. The place of habitation is prepared. The doors are fixed. Then the true citizens of Zion will see to it; God will put it in their hearts. I. TO PROVIDE FOR THE SAFETY Of the city. There must always be the possibility of attack from without. Watch the walls and the gates. 1. The leading men of the Church should be faithful, and fearers of God... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 7:68-69

The numbers of the animals are identical in Ezra and Nehemiah. The apocryphal Esdras has an enormous and most improbable augmentation of the number of the horses. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Nehemiah 7:1-73

The wall completed (6:1-7:73)With the wall nearing completion, the enemies saw that their only hope lay in getting rid of Nehemiah himself. They tried to draw him out into the country where they could murder him, but Nehemiah was aware of their tricks (6:1-4). They then spread rumours, by means of an open letter, that Nehemiah was planning a revolt against Persia, but their efforts came to nothing (5-9).The enemies thought of yet another plan. They tried to make Nehemiah act in a way that would... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Nehemiah 7:5-73

C. The Record of Those who Returned 7:5-73This is not a list of the people who accompanied Nehemiah to Jerusalem in 444 B.C. but a record of those who returned with Sheshbazzar, Zerubbabel, and Jeshua in 537 B.C. (Nehemiah 7:7). It is almost identical to the list in Ezra 2.Why did Nehemiah repeat this list? Apparently he wanted to encourage the Jews to move into Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11:1-2). This was one of the goals of the return. To determine who were pureblooded Israelites, he did some... read more

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