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Cyrus’s Proclamation

1 aNow in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he bsent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also [put it] in writing, saying:

[1] a2Ch 36:22; Jr 25:12; 29:10 bEzr 5:13

2 ¶ “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and aHe has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3 Whoever there is among you of all His people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel; aHe is the God who is in Jerusalem. 4 Every survivor, at whatever place he may Ilive, let the men of IIthat place support him with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, together with a freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.’”

[2] aIs 44:28; 45:1, 12, 13
[3] a1K 8:23; 18:39; Is 37:16; Dn 6:26
[4] IOr reside as an alien IILit his

Holy Vessels Restored

5 ¶ Then the heads of fathers’ [households] of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose, aeven everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem. 6 All those about them Iaencouraged them with articles of silver, with gold, with goods, with cattle and with valuables, aside from all that was given as a freewill offering. 7 aAlso King Cyrus brought out the articles of the house of the LORD, bwhich Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and put in the house of his gods; 8 and Cyrus, king of Persia, had them brought out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and he counted them out to aSheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. 9 Now this [was] their number: 30 agold dishes, 1,000 silver dishes, 29 Iduplicates; 10 30 gold bowls, 410 silver bowls of a second [kind and] 1,000 other articles. 11 All the articles of gold and silver [numbered] 5,400. Sheshbazzar brought them all up with the exiles who went up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

[5] aEzr 1:1, 2
[6] ILit strengthened their hands aNe 6:9; Is 35:3
[7] aEzr 5:14; 6:5 b2K 24:13; 2Ch 36:7
[8] aEzr 5:14
[9] IHeb obscure; other possible meanings are knives, censers aEzr 8:27


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The proclamation of Cyrus for the building of the Temple.

1 ¶ Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, 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, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and [put it] also in writing, saying, 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which [is] in Judah. 3 Who [is there] among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which [is] in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he [is] the God,) which [is] in Jerusalem. 4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that [is] in Jerusalem.

[1] 2Ch 36:22; Ezr 5:13; 6:22; 7:27; Ps 106:46; Pv 21:1; Jr 25:12; 29:10; 33:7; Dn 2:1; Mt 3:1; Jn 1:23.
[2] 1K 8:27; 2Ch 2:12; Is 44:26; 45:1, 12; 66:1; Jr 10:11; 27:6; Dn 2:21, 28, 37; 4:25, 32; 5:19, 23.
[3] Dt 32:31; Jsh 1:9; 1Ch 28:20; Ps 83:18; Is 45:5; Jr 10:10; Dn 2:47; 6:26; Mt 28:20; Ac 10:36.
[4] 1Ch 29:3, 9, 17; Ezr 2:68; 7:16; Ec 4:9; Ac 24:17; Ga 6:2; 3Jn 1:6.

The people provide for the return.

5 ¶ Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all [them] whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which [is] in Jerusalem. 6 And all they that [were] about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all [that] was willingly offered.

[5] 2Ch 36:22; Ezr 1:1; Ne 2:12; Pv 16:1; 2Co 8:16; Php 2:13; Jm 1:16; 3Jn 1:11.
[6] Ezr 1:4; 7:15; 8:25, 33; Ps 110:3; 2Co 9:7.

Cyrus restoreth the vessels of the Temple to Sheshbazzar.

7 ¶ Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; 8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. 9 And this [is] the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, 10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second [sort] four hundred and ten, [and] other vessels a thousand. 11 All the vessels of gold and of silver [were] five thousand and four hundred. All [these] did Sheshbazzar bring up with [them of] the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.

[7] 2K 24:13; 25:13; 2Ch 36:7, 10, 18; Ezr 5:14; 6:5; Jr 27:21; 28:3; Dn 1:2; 5:2, 23.
[8] Ezr 1:11; 5:14, 16; Hg 1:1, 14; 2:2; Zc 4:6.
[9] Nu 7:13, 19; 1K 7:50; 2Ch 4:8, 11, 21; 24:14; Mt 10:29; 14:8.
[11] Ezr 1:9; Mt 1:11; Ro 9:23; 2Ti 2:19.


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