The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year…
I. THE STORY OF JERUSALEM THROWS LIGHT UPON GOD'S MORAL GOVERNMENT. Great privileges involve great responsibilities. National sin brings national ruin. Nations are rewarded and punished in this world.
II. IT IS A MARK OF REAL PIETY TO BE ZEALOUS FOR THE CAUSE AND KINGDOM OF GOD. How bitterly do Christians mourn over the wickedness around them, and the severe conflict they have to maintain in their own breasts.
III. EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS, MORE OR LESS, TO TREAD A SOLITARY PATH, AND HIS DEEPEST SORROWS ARE FREQUENTLY THOSE WHICH HE CANNOT COMMUNICATE TO THE NEAREST AND DEAREST ON EARTH. Who would have thought that when his attendance upon the king was over for the day, Nehemiah would hasten to his chamber, weep bitter tears of grief, and mourn and pray?
(J. M. Randall.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,