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°:
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°.’”
 aIs 44:28; 45:1, 12, 13
 a1K 8:23; 18:39; Is 37:16; Dn 6:26
 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°.
 aEzr 1:1, 2
 ILit strengthened their hands aNe 6:9; Is 35:3
 aEzr 5:14; 6:5 b2K 24:13; 2Ch 36:7
 aEzr 5:14
 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 firstº yearº of Cyrusº kingº of Persia,º that the wordº of the LORDº by the mouthº² of Jeremiahº might be fulfilled,ºª the LORDº stirred upºª² the spiritº of Cyrusº kingº of Persia,º that he made a proclamationººª throughout all² his kingdom,º and [put it] also² in writing,º saying,ºª 2 Thus² saithºª Cyrusº kingº of Persia,º The LORDº Godº of heavenº hath givenºª me all² the kingdomsº of the earth;º and he² hath chargedºª² me to buildºª him an houseº at Jerusalem,º which² [is] in Judah.º 3 Who² [is there] among you of all²² his people?º his Godº be² with² him, and let him go upºª to Jerusalem,º which² [is] in Judah,º and buildºª² the houseº of the LORDº Godº of Israel,º (he² [is] the God,)º which² [is] in Jerusalem.º 4 And whosoever² remainethºª in any²² placeº where² he² sojourneth,ºª let the men¹² of his placeº helpºª him with silver,º and with gold,º and with goods,º and with beasts,º beside² the freewill offeringº for the houseº of Godº that² [is] in Jerusalem.º
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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 upºª the chiefº of the fathersº of Judahº and Benjamin,º and the priests,º and the Levites,º with all² [them]² whose spiritº Godº had raised,ºª to go upºª to buildºª² the houseº of the LORDº which² [is] in Jerusalem.º 6 And all² they that [were] aboutº them strengthenedºª their handsº with vesselsº of silver,º with gold,º with goods,º and with beasts,º and with precious things,º beside all²²² [that] was willingly offered.ºª
 2Ch 36:22; Ezr 1:1; Ne 2:12; Pv 16:1; 2Co 8:16; Php 2:13; Jm 1:16; 3Jn 1:11.
 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 Cyrusº the kingº brought forthºª² the vesselsº of the houseº of the LORD,º which² Nebuchadnezzarº had brought forthºª out of Jerusalem,º² and had putºª them in the houseº of his gods;º 8 Even those did Cyrusº kingº of Persiaº bring forthºª by² the handº of Mithredathº the treasurer,º and numberedºª them unto Sheshbazzar,º the princeº of Judah.º 9 And this² [is] the numberº of them: thirtyº chargersº of gold,º a thousandº chargersº of silver,º nineº and twentyº knives,º 10 Thirtyº basonsº of gold,º silverº basonsº of a secondº [sort] fourº hundredº and ten,º [and] otherº vesselsº a thousand.º 11 All² the vesselsº of goldº and of silverº [were] fiveº thousandº and fourº hundred.º All² [these] did Sheshbazzarº bring upºª with² [them of] the captivityº that were brought upºª from Babylonº² unto Jerusalem.º
 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.
 Ezr 1:11; 5:14, 16; Hg 1:1, 14; 2:2; Zc 4:6.
 Nu 7:13, 19; 1K 7:50; 2Ch 4:8, 11, 21; 24:14; Mt 10:29; 14:8.
 Ezr 1:9; Mt 1:11; Ro 9:23; 2Ti 2:19.
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