6:21 The Israelites who were returning from the exile ate it, along with all those who had joined them 1 in separating themselves from the uncleanness of the nations of the land to seek the Lord God of Israel. 6:22 They observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with joy, for the Lord had given them joy and had changed the opinion 2 of the king of Assyria 3 toward them, so that he assisted 4 them in the work on the temple of God, the God of Israel.
1 tn Heb “who had separated from the uncleanness of the nations of the land to them.”
2 tn Heb “heart.”
3 sn The expression “king of Assyria” is anachronistic, since Assyria fell in 612
4 tn Heb “to strengthen their hands.”