J. N. Darby.
(Notes and Comments Vol. 2.)
According to ordinary computation Nehemiah came up B.C. 445, returned in twelve years, i.e. 433, and came back "after certain days," see chapter 13:6. Hattush came with Zerubbabel, B.C. 536.
- 1. Note here that "the people" and the Jews are already distinct.
- 12. Are not the verses wrongly divided here, i.e., this verse should end at "two" in the third line, and verse 13 also should end at "two" in that verse, and then on to "great men," end of verse 14? However it is so in the Hebrew.
- 16. We have here Zechariah the son of Iddo in the days of Joiakim son of Jeshua; and in the Targums, in Jeremiah, the Jews are accused of slaying Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophet and priest, in the sanctuary. Note in Zachariah 1:1 Berechiah is the son of Iddo; compare Matthew 23:36, "Zacharias the son of Barachias." So that we have remarkable historical probability of Zechariah the prophet's being so killed, but I avow that 2 Chronicles 24, being nearly the last chapter in the Hebrew Bible, I think it exceedingly probable that it may have been the Zechariah referred to in verse 20 that the Lord refers to, "Son of Barachias" being an addition.