Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return
1:1 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,
1:2 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
1:3 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.
1:4 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.
1:5 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.
1:6 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
1:7 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;
1:8 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.
1:9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of
gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,
1:10 Thirty basins of gold, silver basins of a second sort
four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.
1:11 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.