7:9 On the first day of the first month he had determined to make 1 the ascent from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he arrived at Jerusalem, 2 for the good hand of his God was on him.
7:19 Deliver to 3 the God of Jerusalem the vessels that are given to you for the service of the temple of your God.
1 tc The translation reads יִסַּד (yissad, “he appointed” [= determined]) rather than the reading יְסֻד (yÿsud, “foundation”) of the MT. (The words “to make” are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.)
2 sn Apparently it took the caravan almost four months to make the five hundred mile journey.
3 tn Or “before.”