Ezra 1:1-4

The Proclamation of Cyrus

1 a  In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia b  that the word of the  Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the  Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so c  that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:

2Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The  Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and d  he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the  Lord, the God of Israele  he is the God who is in Jerusalem. 4And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.”

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