The city officials did not know I had been out there or what I was doing, for I had not yet said anything to anyone about my plans. I had not yet spoken to the Jewish leaders—the priests, the nobles, the officials, or anyone else in the administration.
And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I
&c.] The rulers of the city of Jerusalem, who seem to be
officers of the king of Persia, since they are distinguished from
Jewish rulers in the next clause:
neither had I as yet told it to the Jews;
what he came about and designed to do:
nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the
the principal men among the Jews, both ecclesiastical and civil:
nor to the rest that did the work;
of building and repairing; neither those that were employed in
it, nor those that overlooked it.