Nehemiah 13:4

4 Before this, Eliashib the priest had been put in charge of the storerooms of the house of our God. He was closely associated with Tobiah,

Read Nehemiah 13:4 Using Other Translations

And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:
Now before this, Eliashib the priest, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, and who was related to Tobiah,
Before this had happened, Eliashib the priest, who had been appointed as supervisor of the storerooms of the Temple of our God and who was also a relative of Tobiah,

What does Nehemiah 13:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Nehemiah 13:4

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 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F1 Annal. Vet. Test. p. 200.
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