and has extended covenant faithfulness to me before the king and his counselors and before all the king’s mighty officials. So I was strengthened according to the hand of Yahweh my God on me, and I gathered together leading men from Israel to go up with me. Bible see other translations

“from Israel.” The men were Israelites of the captivity and were in Persia, and Ezra gathered them to go with him back to the land of Israel. This verse is not saying the men Ezra gathered were already back in the land of Israel.

Commentary for: Ezra 7:28