Nehemiah 9:8

8 1You found his heart faithful before you, 2and made with him the covenant to give to his offspring 3the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite. 4And you have kept your promise, for you are righteous.

Nehemiah 9:8 Meaning and Commentary

Nehemiah 9:8

And foundest his heart faithful before thee
A true believer in his word and promises, ( Genesis 15:6 ) and closely attached to the fear of him, and observance of his commands, as abundantly appeared in the trial of him, in offering up his son, ( Genesis 22:1 Genesis 22:2 Genesis 22:12 ) ,

and madest a covenant with him, to give the land of the Canaanites,
the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites,
and the Girgashites, to give it, [I say], to his seed;
not to him personally, but to his posterity, at least including and chiefly designing them; of which covenant see ( Genesis 15:18-21 ) ,

and hast performed thy words,
for thou art righteous; in all his ways and works, faithful to his promise, a covenant keeping God, and who kept and fulfilled this covenant, assisting Joshua to conquer the land of Canaan, and put Israel into the possession of it.

Nehemiah 9:8 In-Context

6 "You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
7 You are the LORD, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the name Abraham.
8 You found his heart faithful before you, and made with him the covenant to give to his offspring the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite. And you have kept your promise, for you are righteous.
9 "And you saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea,
10 and performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for you knew that they acted arrogantly against our fathers. And you made a name for yourself, as it is to this day.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Genesis 15:6
  • 2. Genesis 12:7; Genesis 15:18; Genesis 17:7-9
  • 3. See Exodus 13:5
  • 4. [Joshua 23:14]