The descendants of the servants of Solomon: the descendants of Sotai, the descendants of Sophereth, the descendants of Perida,
and gathered from foreign lands, 1 from east and west, from north and south.
Travel to Tarshish! Wail, you residents of the coast!
If they ask you, ‘Where should we go?’ tell them the Lord says this: “Those who are destined to die of disease will go to death by disease. Those who are destined to die in war will go to death in war. Those who are destined to die of starvation will go to death by starvation. Those who are destined to go into exile will go into exile.” 1
So I, the Lord, tell you not to be afraid, you descendants of Jacob, my servants. 1 Do not be terrified, people of Israel. For I will rescue you and your descendants from a faraway land where you are captives. 2 The descendants of Jacob will return to their land and enjoy peace. They will be secure and no one will terrify them. 3
1 “You descendants of Jacob, my servants, 2 do not be afraid; do not be terrified, people of Israel. For I will rescue you and your descendants from the faraway lands where you are captives. 3 The descendants of Jacob will return to their land and enjoy peace. They will be secure and no one will terrify them.
Now Daniel lived on until the first 1 year of Cyrus the king.
So what will you do on the festival day, on the festival days of the Lord?
“Escape, Zion, you who live among the Babylonians!” 1
The Lord my God says this: “Shepherd the flock set aside for slaughter.
Even if your exiles are in the most distant land, 1 from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.
They burned incense on all the high places just like the nations whom the Lord had driven away from before them. Their evil practices made the Lord angry. 1
The king of Assyria deported the people of Israel 1 to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, along the Habor (the river of Gozan), and in the cities of the Medes.
The king of Babylon deported to Babylon all the soldiers (there were 7,000), as well as 1,000 craftsmen and metal workers. This included all the best warriors. 1
He will lift a signal flag for the nations; he will gather Israel’s dispersed people 1 and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth.
‘Some of your very own descendants whom you father 1 will be taken away and will be made eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”