And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spoke comfortably to them, saying,
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Captains of war.—Literally, captains of battles: a phrase found here only.
The gate.—Which gate we are not told; but the
LXX. reads, τὴν πλατεῖαν τῆς πύλης τῆς φάραγγος, “the broad place of the gate of the ravine.”
Spake comfortably to them.—Encouraged them. 2Chronicles 30:22. (See margin.)2 Chronicles 29:4 note). The gate intended is probably that of Ephraim 2 Chronicles 25:23 - the great northern gate, opposite the "Camp of the Assyrians " - represented by the modern Damascus gate.
and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city; the street which led to the gate, and was large and commodious to assemble the people in:
and spake comfortably to them; to animate and encourage them to hold out the siege, and do all they could to repel the enemy;And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)6. in the street of the gate] R.V. in the broad place at the gate; cp. 2 Chronicles 29:4; Nehemiah 8:16. There is nothing here to shew which of the two broad places mentioned in Nehemiah is meant, or whether some third place is intended.Verse 6. - The street of the gate; translate, the wide area at the gate, etc.; what gate is not specified, but presumably either "the gate of Ephraim," which would be the one opposed to the camp of the besiegers, or possibly "the comer gate" (2 Chronicles 25:23; and Courier's 'Handbook,' pp. 343-345).
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