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On the first day of the first month he had determined to make[a] the ascent from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he arrived at Jerusalem,[b] for the good hand of his God was on him.

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  1. Ezra 7:9 tc The translation reads יִסַּד (yissad, “he appointed” [= determined]) rather than the reading יְסֻד (yesud, “foundation”) of the MT. (The words “to make” are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.)
  2. Ezra 7:9 sn Apparently it took the caravan almost four months to make the 500 mile journey.