And before this
Before the above law was read, and observed and acted upon:
Eliashib the priest;
whom some take to be a common priest; so Bishop Usher F1; but he seems rather to be the high priest, by comparing it with ( Nehemiah 13:28 ) ,
having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God;
which has led some to the notion of his being a common priest; but chamber may be put for chambers, and those for the whole house or temple, which the high priest had the greatest concern in, and oversight of:
was allied to Tobiah;
the servant and Ammonite, an inveterate enemy of the Jews, ( Nehemiah 2:10 Nehemiah 2:20 ) , having married a daughter of Shecaniah, and his son a daughter of Meshullam, who were both priests, and so as it seems related to Eliashib, ( Nehemiah 6:18 ) .