The captives return home 

It had been seventy years, but some of the Jews lived through the whole Babylonian captivity, and then had the opportunity to return home, 

“Now these are the people of the province who came back from the captivity, of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his own city” (Ezra 2:1). 

Ezra did not speak of those born in captivity, but he meant those who lived in Jerusalem and Judah, then went to Babylon for seventy years, and finally returned to their homes. What was that like? 

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