(1-8) Nehemiah’s appeal to the king.
(1) Nisan.—The old Abib, the first month of the Jewish year, following the vernal equinox. As we are still in the twentieth year of the king, the beginning of his reign must be dated before Chisleu. The record adopts Persian dates, and the two months fell in one year.
I set him a time.—Whatever that was, circumstances afterwards prolonged it.