Verse 19. "Geshem the Arabian" - Some chief of the Arabs contiguous to Samaria, who had joined with Sanballat and Tobiah to distress the Jews, and hinder their work.
"Will ye rebel against the king?" - This they said in order to raise jealousies in the king's mind, and induce him to recall his ordinance.
Verse 20. "Ye have no portion, nor right" - To be a citizen of Jerusalem was a high honour; and they would not permit those who did not belong to the tribes of Israel to dwell there. ZerubbHebel gave the same answer to the Samaritans, Ezra iv. 3.