Verse 73. "All Israel, dwelt in their cities" - It was in reference to this particularly that the public registers were examined; for by them they found the different families, and consequently the cities, villages, &c., which belonged to them, according to the ancient division of the lands. It seems that the examination of the registers occupied about a month; for as soon as the walls were finished, which was in the sixth month, (Elul,) chap. vi. 15, Nehemiah instituted the examination mentioned in this chapter, vii. 5; and by the concluding verse we find that the different families had got into their paternal cities in the seventh month, Tisri, answering to a part of our September and October. Thus the register determined every thing: there was no room for complaint, and none to accuse the governor of partiality.