2:1 Now these [are] the children a of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;
(a) Meaning Judea, which was a province that is,
a country which was in subjection.
2:2 Which came with b
Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, c
Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number d
of the men of the people of Israel:
(b) Zerubbabel was chief captain and Joshua the
high priest: but Nehemiah a man of great authority did not come now, but came
after 64 years.
(c) This was not the Mordecai who was Esther's
(d) Meaning, of the common people.
The children of Ater of e Hezekiah,
ninety and eight.
(e) Who were of the posterity of Hezekiah.
f The children of Bethlehem, an hundred
twenty and three.
(f) That is inhabitants, for so this word
(some) signifies when it is joined with the names
The g priests: the children of Jedaiah,
of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.
(g) Before he has declared the two tribes of
Judah and Benjamin, and now comes to the tribe of Levi and begins at the
The h Nethinims: the children of Ziha,
the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
(h) So called because they were given to the
temple, to cut wood and bear water for the use of the sacrifices and came of
the Gibeonites who were appointed to this use by Joshua, (Joshua
The children of Solomon's i servants:
the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,
(i) Which came of them that Solomon had appointed
for the work of the temple.
And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz,
the children of k Barzillai; which took
a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their
(k) He is mentioned in (2 Samuel
17:27,19:31) and because the priest's office was held in contempt these
would have changed their estate by their name, and so by God's just judgment
lost both the estimation of the world and the dignity of their office.
2:63 And the l
Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till
there stood up a priest with m Urim and
(l) This is a Chaldee name, and signifies him who
has authority over others.
(m) Read (Exodus
They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work threescore and one
thousand n drams of gold, and five
thousand o pounds of silver, and one
hundred priests' garments.
(n) Which in our money amounts to 24,826 pounds,
13 shillings and 4 pence, valuing the french crown at 6 shillings and 4 pence
for the dram is the eighth part of an ounce, and the ounce the eighth part of
(o) Which are called "mina" and contain
2 marks apiece, so 50,000 minas make 55,000 franks which in our money amounts
to 69,666 pounds, 13 shillings and 4 pence so that the whole sum was 94,493
pounds, 6 shillings, and 8 pence.