Ezra 9:7

Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to plunder, and to humiliation, as it is this day.
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AD 735
And on the first day, it says, of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the gracious hand of his God upon him, that is, confirmed by grace and divine protection, through which he would successfully complete the journey he had begun. Similarly, in the mystical sense, the mediator of God and men came into the Church according to the gracious hand of his God upon him, i.e. according to the disposition of the divine power that was in him. For God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ. This hand was on him in accordance with the fact that he became a man. This is why he says: The Father is greater than I. For greater than Christ's humanity is the divinity not only of the Father but of Christ himself and the Holy Spirit too, which is one. Having been exalted in suffering by this hand of divine power, he ascended to the walls of the heavenly city and revealed the pathway of ascent to his faithful ones who humbly follow him.

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
At this day. Notwithstanding the favourable decrees of Cyrus, the greatest part of the people continued in captivity, being dispersed, some into Egypt, others into distant countries, beyond the Euphrates. (Calmet)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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