Ezra 1


The Decree of Cyrus

1In a the first year of Cyrus king of Persia,
Cyrus reigned 559-530 b.c.
the word of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. c The Lord put it into the mind d of King Cyrus to issue a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom and to put it in writing:

2 This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build Him a house at Jerusalem in Judah. e 3 Whoever is among His people, may his God be with him, and may he go to Jerusalem in Judah and build the house of the Lord, the God of Israel, f the God who is in Jerusalem. 4Let every survivor, g wherever he lives, be assisted by the men of that region with silver, gold, goods, and livestock, along with a freewill offering for the house of God in Jerusalem.”

Return from Exile

5 So the family leaders of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and Levites – everyone God had motivated
Lit everyone whose spirit God had stirred
i – prepared to go up and rebuild the Lord’s house in Jerusalem.
6 All their neighbors supported them
Lit supported their hands
k with silver articles, gold, goods, livestock, and valuables, in addition to all that was given as a freewill offering.
7 King Cyrus also brought out the articles of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and had placed in the house of his gods. l 8 King Cyrus of Persia had them brought out under the supervision of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. m 9 This was the inventory:

30 gold basins, 1,000 silver basins,
29 silver knives,
10 30 gold bowls,
410 various
Or similar
silver bowls, and 1,000 other articles.

11The gold and silver articles totaled 5,400. Sheshbazzar brought all of them when the exiles went up from Babylon to Jerusalem.
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