Ezra 1

The Lord initiates the exiles’ return by Cyrus’s edict.

  • Compare verse 1 with Jeremiah 25:12–13; 29:10; and Proverbs 21:1.
  • The Persians are in power at this time because they defeated the Babylonians sometime after Judah’s captivity.
  • What ways does this passage show that all this was of the Lord?