1 These are the people 2 of the province who were going up, 3 from the captives of the exile whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had forced into exile in Babylon. They returned to Jerusalem 4 and Judah, each to his own city.
So all the assembly which had returned from the exile constructed temporary shelters and lived in them. The Israelites had not done so from the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day. Everyone experienced very great joy. 1
“Now the rest of the people – the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple attendants, and all those who have separated themselves from the neighboring peoples 1 because of the law of God, along with their wives, their sons, and their daughters, all of whom are able to understand –
This is the unfortunate fact 1 about everything that happens on earth: 2 the same fate awaits 3 everyone. In addition to this, the hearts of all people 4 are full of evil, and there is folly in their hearts during their lives – then they die. 5
I said, 1 “So now, 2 you wailing women, hear what the Lord says. 3 Open your ears to the words from his mouth. Teach your daughters this mournful song, and each of you teach your neighbor 4 this lament.
All the people and their leaders had agreed to this. They had agreed to free their male and female slaves and not keep them enslaved any longer. They originally complied with the covenant and freed them. 1
Before that time there was no compensation for man or animal, nor was there any relief from adversity for those who came and went, because I had pitted everybody – each one – against everyone else.
Indeed, I will no longer have compassion on the people of the land,” says the Lord, “but instead I will turn every last person over to his neighbor and his king. They will devastate the land, and I will not deliver it from them.”
And immediately the man 1 stood up, took his stretcher, and went out in front of them all. They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Large numbers 1 of those who had practiced magic 2 collected their books 3 and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 4 When 5 the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 6
shouting, “Men of Israel, 1 help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, 2 and this sanctuary! 3 Furthermore 4 he has brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple 5 and made this holy place ritually unclean!” 6
And when all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.
The young woman ran and told her mother’s household all about 1 these things.
They took all the plunder and all the spoils, both people and animals.