View Nehemiah 10 in the note window.
The names of those who set their seal to the covenant, ver. 1 - 27.
An account of those who consented thereto, ver. 28 - 31.
They engage to adhere to the temple service, ver. 32 - 39.
1: Sealed - Both in their own names, and in the name of all the rest.
It may seem strange that Ezra doth not appear among them. But that
might be because he was prevented, by some sickness, or other extraordinary
impediment. It is true, we meet with Ezra after this, at the dedication
of the wall of Jerusalem, (Ne 12:36), and therefore he was then
freed from this impediment, whatsoever it was.
29: Their nobles - The commonality agreed with the nobles in this
good work, great men never look so great, as when they encourage religion
and are examples of it: and they would by that, as much as any thing, make
an interest in the most valuable of their inferiors, who would cleave to
them closer than they can imagine. Observe their nobles are called
their brethren; for in the things of God, rich and poor, high and low
meet together. They cleave - They ratified what the others had done in
their names, declaring their assent to it.
31: People of the land - The Heathens. On the sabbath - They
that covenant to keep all the commandments of God, must particularly
covenant to keep the sabbath holy. For the profanation of this is a
sure inlet to all manner of profaneness.