Psalms 85:2
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2  Hashem, You will favor Your land, restore Yaakov‘s fortune;

ra-TZEE-ta a-do-NAI ar-TZE-kha SHAV-ta sh’-VEET ya-a-KOV

ב  רָצִיתָ יְהֹוָה אַרְצֶךָ שַׁבְתָּ שבות [שְׁבִית] יַעֲקֹב׃

 85:2   Restore Yaakov’s fortune

After a period of exile, the Children of Israel return home. Contemporary commentator Amos Hakham sees this as a reference to the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel after seventy years of Babylonian exile. In 538 BCE, Cyrus the Great, king of the Persian empire, defeats the Babylonian empire and issues a declaration that the Jews may return to their homeland and rebuild the Beit Hamikdash (Ezra chapter 1). This is considered the beginning of the second Temple period. The psalmist acknowledges Hashem’s desire for His nation to return to the Promised Land. Upon their return, the land will again bring forth its bountiful produce and flourish (verse 13).

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  • After 70 long years in exile. Held captive in a land so not there own. The Jews are set free after there captives are destroyed in a war. The enemy of my enemy in this case is my very good friend, indeed! Cyrus the Great, king of the Persian empire declares the Jewish people free and they set off back to there homeland to rebuild there now desolate and destroyed city. They will find that there beloved Temple lay in ruins and they will set forth to rebuild there second Temple. This will begin to be known as there Second Temple period in there history. The psalmist acknowledges God’s Love for His Children to return to there nation and to reestablish with His children there promised land upon them. To let the land flourish upon them. To let His children of Israel understand that God has forgiven them for there sins and reconnected with them. They needed to understand God never left them. He needed them to understand that if he never corrected them through trials and tribulations such lessons would bear no fruit. Carl

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