4 And the city 'is' broad on both sides, and great, and the people 'are' few in its midst, and there are no houses builded;

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Nehemiah 7:4

Commentary on Nehemiah 7:1-4

(Read Nehemiah 7:1-4)

Nehemiah, having finished the wall, returned to the Persian court, and came to Jerusalem again with a new commission. The public safety depends on every one's care to guard himself and his family against sin.