Nehemiah 11: 24 - "Pethatiah son of Meshezabel, one of the desendents of Zerah son of Judah, was the king's agent in all affairs relating to the people." I have questions about this verse. Judah had no king during this time. So is Nehemiah talking about the king of Persia? The context in the verses before and after this verse do not seem to suggest that to me. Is this a traditional job that someone had when Judah had a king and is listed here just as a description of the job? The job is listed as "the king's agent in all affairs relating to the people". How was this job different from the governor's job? Perhaps he was the governor's assistant. Am I missing something?