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1-3. When the Lord, &c.--The joy of those returned from Babylon was
ecstatic, and elicited the admiration even of the heathen, as
illustrating God's great power and goodness.
4. All did not return at once; hence the prayer for repeated favors.
5, 6. As in husbandry the sower may cast his seed in a dry and parched soil with desponding fears, so those shall reap abundant fruit who toil in tears with the prayer of faith. (Compare the history, Ezr 6:16, 22).
6. He that goeth forth--literally, better, "He goes--he comes, he
comes," &c. The repetition implies there is no end of weeping here, as
there shall be no end of joy hereafter