21 This fulfilled the word of the Lord through Jeremiah(A) and the land enjoyed its Sabbath rest all the days of the desolation(B) until 70 years were fulfilled.

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The Decree of Cyrus

In(A) the first year of Cyrus king of Persia,[a] the word of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled.(B) The Lord put it into the mind(C) of King Cyrus to issue a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom and to put it in writing:

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 1:1 Cyrus reigned 559–530 b.c.

11 This whole land will become a desolate ruin, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.(A) 12 When the 70 years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation’—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘the land of the Chaldeans, for their guilt, and I will make it a ruin forever.(B)

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10 For this is what the Lord says: “When 70 years for Babylon are complete,(A) I will attend to you and will confirm My promise concerning you to restore you to this place.

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“Ask all the people of the land and the priests: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and in the seventh months for these 70 years, did you really fast for Me?(A)

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