Now the city was large and great: but the people were few therein, and the houses were not built.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Nehemiah 7:4. The houses were not builded — That is, not all, nor completely built; but only some slight buildings of boards or stones were erected, for the present use of the generality of the people.Nehemiah 7:66. Less than 2,000 people had come with Ezra Ezra 8:1-20.
but the people were few therein; in comparison of the largeness of the place; for though there were 42,360 that came up at first with Zerubbabel, and many more with Ezra, yet a great number chose to settle in the towns and cities in the country, Jerusalem being in such a desolate condition:
and the houses were not builded; some were, but they were but few, many of them still lay in ruins.Now the city was large and great: but the people were few therein, and the houses were not builded.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)4. large and great] R.V. wide and large. The phrase rendered ‘wide’ (cf. Genesis 34:21; Jdg 18:10) denotes extension on every side; its literal rendering would be ‘wide on both hands.’
the people were few] The inhabitants of Jerusalem were in Nehemiah’s time very few in comparison with what they had been before the captivity, see Nehemiah 11:1-2. The number of Jews that had returned with Zerubbabel had been 42360 (Ezra 2:64; Nehemiah 7:66). With Ezra there had come rather more than 1500 (Ezra 8:1-20). Others had come from time to time. But of the whole number of 50,000 or so, a very large proportion were settled in the country and towns in the neighbourhood, as appears from Nehemiah 7:73, Nehemiah 11:25-36, Nehemiah 12:27-29.
the houses were not builded] An expression that cannot be understood literally. The meaning is, there were large open spaces within the walls unoccupied.Verse 4. - The city was large. Literally, "broad every way." The houses were not builded. Much of the city consisted of open spaces, in which no houses had been as yet built.
"Also in those days the nobles of Judah wrote many letters (אגּרתיהם מרבּים, they made many, multiplied, their letters) passing to Tobiah, and those of Tobiah came to them."
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