(14) I was appointed.--That he appointed me, viz., Artaxerxes.
Twelve years.--The whole narrative, thus far, was written after his return from Jerusalem, and on a review of his governorship; hence, "their governor in the land of Judah." Of his second appointment the same thing might have been said: but that, at the time of writing, was in the future.
I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.--At the close of the twelve years' term, Nehemiah could say that he and his official attendants had not drawn the customary allowances from the people.
I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor; which was fit and proper for him, and used to be given him; neither he, nor those that assisted him in the government, the principal men he brought along with him, and put into posts and places under him.