The Levites, in the days of Eliashib The third priest of the second temple:
he was the son of Eliashib, and the fourth high priest:
the same as in ( Nehemiah 12:10 ) in the days of each of these were
recorded chief of the fathers;
the principal men among the Levites:
also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian;
thought to be Darius Codomannus, the last king of the Persian monarchy, whom Alexander conquered; and if so, this verse must be inserted after the death of Nehemiah, and as the next verse also seems to be; for these two verses interrupt the natural order of the relation: an account is given of the priests in the times of Joiakim, ( Nehemiah 12:12-21 ) , these verses being inserted, the account goes on, ( Nehemiah 12:24 ) of the chief of the Levites in the times of Joiakim only.