- How long did Nehemiah brood over the news about Jerusalem before he took action (see Note 1 below)? Note the sequence of events- one which is often seen when God calls his servants to a particular task.
- What can we learn from the example of Nehemiah’s prayer? Note is attitude, his knowledge of the scriptures, his grounds for expecting prayer to be answered. Deut. 7:9-12; 29 and 30 provide a background to the prayer.
- Verses 1. The month Kislev corresponds to our November-December and Nisan (2:1) to our March-April.
- Verse 11. ‘Cupbearer’: a high official, who had the duty of tasting wine before it was handed to the King to test if it had been poisoned.