1; The adversaries, being not accepted in the building of the
temple with the Jews, endeavour to hinder it.
7; Their letter to Artaxerxes.
17; The answer and decree of Artaxerxes.
23; The building is hindered.
* the adversaries.
These were the Samaritans, the descendants of the various
nations with which the kings of Assyria had peopled Israel,
when they had carried the original inhabitants captive.
7:9 1Ki 5:4,5 1Ch 22:9,10 Ne 4:1-11 Da 9:25 1Co 16:9
* children of the captivity. Heb. sons of the transportation.
6:16,19,20 10:7,16 Da 5:13