* Now that.
* one ox.
This was food sufficient for more than two hundred men. Bp.
Pococke says that the bey of Tunis had daily twelve sheep,
with fish and fowls, soups, oranges, eggs, onions, boiled
rice, etc., etc. His nobles dined with him; after they had
done, the servants sat down; and when they had finished, the
poor took what was left. Here the bey's twelve sheep are
equal to Nehemiah's one ox and six choice sheep; and probably
the mode of living between the two was nearly alike. It is
still the practice in the East to calculate the expenses of
the table, not by the money paid, but by the provisions
consumed by the guests.
* because the bondage.