And they said unto me, the remnant that are left of
captivity there in the province
In Judea, now reduced to a province of the Persian empire:
are in great affliction and reproach;
harassed and distressed, calumniated and vilified, by their enemies the Samaritans:
the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates
burnt with fire;
that is, its wall and gates were in the same condition in which Nebuchadnezzar had left them, for since his times as yet they had never been set up; for this is not to be understood of what was lately done by their adversaries, which is not at all probable.