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Bible Commentaries

Scofield's Reference Notes


- Nehemiah

by C.I. Scofield

Book Introduction - Nehemiah

Nehemiah 1:1

Fourteen years after the return of Ezra to Jerusalem, Nehemiah led up a company (B.C. 444) and restored the walls and the civil authority. Of those events this book is the record. It is in eight divisions: The journey to Jerusalem, Nehemiah 1:1-16.2.20 The building of the wall, Nehemiah 3:1-16.6.19. The census, Nehemiah 7:1-16.7.73. The revival, Nehemiah 8:1-16.11.36. The census of the priests and Levites, Nehemiah 12:1-16.12.26. Dedication of the wall, Nehemiah 12:27-16.12.43. Restoration of the temple worship, Nehemiah 12:44-16.12.47. The legal order restored, Nehemiah 13:1-16.13.31.

The moral state of the time is disclosed by the prophet Malachi. This book affords many instances of individual faith acting on the written word (e.g. Nehemiah 1:8; Nehemiah 1:9; Nehemiah 13:1). It is the principle of 2 Timothy 2:0.

The events recorded in Nehemiah cover a period of 11 years (Ussher).