These are the people 1 of the province who returned 2 from the captivity of the exiles, whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had forced into exile. 3 They returned to Jerusalem and to Judah, each to his own city.
The priests and the Levites had purified themselves, every last one, 1 and they all were ceremonially pure. They sacrificed the Passover lamb for all the exiles, for their colleagues 2 the priests, and for themselves.
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.
Everyone who did not come within three days would thereby forfeit all his property, in keeping with the counsel of the officials and the elders. Furthermore, he himself would be excluded from the assembly of the exiles.
and I will drive you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the Lord. He is called the God who commands armies!
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, 1 fourteen generations.
These were the descendants of Ehud who were leaders of the families living in Geba who were forced to move to Manahath:
Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, deported the rest of the people who were left in the city, those who had deserted to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the craftsmen. 1
Everyone who held the words of the God of Israel in awe 1 gathered around me because of the unfaithful acts of the people of the exile. 2 Devastated, I continued to sit there until the evening offering.
so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, both young and old. They will be in undergarments and barefoot, with the buttocks exposed; the Egyptians will be publicly humiliated. 1
He has already spoken about these things that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon did not take away when he carried Jehoiakim’s son King Jeconiah of Judah and the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem away as captives. 1
But just listen to what the Lord has to say about 1 the king who occupies David’s throne and all your fellow countrymen who are still living in this city of Jerusalem 2 and were not carried off into exile with you.
Go to the exiles, to your fellow countrymen, 1 and speak to them – say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says,’ whether they pay attention or not.”