"But now, for a brief moment, the LORD our God has been gracious1 in leaving us a remnant2 and giving us a firm place3 in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes4 and a little relief in our bondage.
Though we are slaves,5 our God has not deserted us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness6 in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins,7 and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.
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