N E H E M I A H
The tenth day of the seventh month between the
feast of trumpets (ch. viii.
2) and the feast of tabernacles (ver. 14) was appointed to be the day of
atonement; we have no reason to think but that it was religiously
observed, though it is not mentioned. But here we have an account
of an occasional fast that was kept a fortnight after that, with
reference to the present posture of their affairs, and it was, as
that, a day of humiliation. There is a time to weep as well as a
time to laugh. We have here an account. I. How this fast was
observed, ver. 1-3. II.
What were the heads of the prayer that was made to God on that
occasion, wherein they made a thankful acknowledgment of God's
mercies, a penitent confession of sin, and a humble submission to
the righteous hand of God in the judgments that were brought upon
them, concluding with a solemn resolution of new obedience,