And I perceived that the portion of the Levites had not been
The tithes, being removed to some other place, might be converted to another use; or the people, seeing what was done by Eliashib, neglected to bring them in, as judging they would not be properly disposed of; and besides, the Levites had deserted their station upon this:
for the Levites and the singers that did the work were fled everyone
to his field;
to look after their country farms, or to get their living by agriculture, since there was no care taken of them at Jerusalem; see ( Nehemiah 12:28 Nehemiah 12:29 ) .