1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
1:10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
SCOFIELD REFERENCE NOTES (Old Scofield 1917 Edition)
The Book of Nehemiah
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:
I. The journey to Jerusalem, 1:1-2:20 ;
II. The building of the wall, 3:1-6:19 .
III. The census, 7:1-73 .
IV. The revival, 8:1-11:36 .
V. The census of the priests and Levites, 12:1-26 .
VI. Dedication of the wall, 12:27-43 .
VII. Restoration of the temple worship, 12:44-47 .
VIII. The legal order restored, 13:1-31 .
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 ; 13:1 ). It is the principle of 2Ti 2.
The events recorded in Nehemiah cover a period of 11 years (Ussher).
Chisleu i.e. December.
Shushan Or, Susa, ancient capital of Persia.
1:11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.
(See Scofield "Exodus 14:30") .
(See Scofield "Psalms 19:9") .