Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO SEALED THE COVENANT. (Neh. 10:1-27)
Nehemiah, the Tirshatha—His name was placed first in the roll on account of his high official rank, as deputy of the Persian monarch. All classes were included in the subscription; but the people were represented by their elders (Nehemiah 10:14), as it would have been impossible for every one in the country to have been admitted to the sealing.
Those who were not present at the sealing ratified the covenant by giving their assent, either in words or by lifting up their hands, and bound themselves, by a solemn oath, to walk in God's law, imprecating a curse upon themselves in the event of their violating it.
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