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25:28 a seat above the seats. Deut. 4:25–31; 30:1–10 and King Solomon’s temple prayer (1 Kin. 8:46–53) all address conditions of exile. These texts urge repentance (Deut. 4:30; 30:2; 1 Kin. 8:47). Solomon’s prayer that the exiles might find compassion at the hands of their captors is realized in the kind treatment of Jehoiachin. Deut. 30:3–5 promises restoration to the people of God, and in 538 b.c. the Jews were allowed to return home (Ezra 1:1–4; Is. 44:24–28; 45:1–6). Christians understand the promise of Deut. 30:6, that God will circumcise the hearts of His people so that they will obey Him, to be fulfilled by the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:14–21; 2 Cor. 3:1–6).