N E H E M I A H
We have in this chapter a particular account of
the covenant which in the close of the foregoing chapter was
resolved upon; they struck while the iron was hot, and immediately
put that good resolve in execution, when they were in a good frame,
lest, if it should be delayed, it might be dropped. Here we have,
I. The names of those that set their hands and seals to it,
ver. 1-27. II. An account
of those who signified their consent and concurrence, ver. 28, 29. III. The covenant
itself, and the articles of it in general, that they would "keep
God's commandments" (ver.
29); in particular, that they would not marry with the
heathen (ver. 30), nor
profane the sabbath, nor be rigorous with their debtors (ver. 31), and that they would
carefully pay their church-dues, for the maintenance of the temple
service, which they promise faithfully to adhere to, ver. 32-39.