Fields will again be bought with silver, and deeds of purchase signed, sealed, and witnessed. This will happen in the territory of Benjamin, the villages surrounding Jerusalem, the towns in Judah, the southern hill country, the western foothills, and southern Judah. 1 For I will restore them to their land. 2 I, the Lord, affirm it!’” 3
In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins 1 around them,
I, the Lord, say that shepherds will once again count their sheep as they pass into the fold. 1 They will do this in all the towns in the southern hill country, the western foothills, the southern hill country, the territory of Benjamin, the villages surrounding Jerusalem, and the towns of Judah.’ 2
He placed troops in all of Judah’s fortified cities and posted garrisons 1 throughout the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim that his father Asa had seized.
These are the provincial leaders 1 who settled in Jerusalem. (While other Israelites, the priests, the Levites, the temple attendants, and the sons of the servants of Solomon settled in the cities of Judah, each on his own property in their cities,