Now these are the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those who had been in exile, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his city, Bible see other translations

“people of the province.” The Hebrew reads in its common idiom: “the sons of the province.” The “province” is almost certainly Judah (cp. Ezra 5:8).

“came up.” Jerusalem is always considered “up” because it was where God lived.

“everyone to his city.” This is a general statement. There were exceptions for various reasons, but the statement is generally true.

Commentary for: Ezra 2:1