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Ezra 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:1 - In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:2 - “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “ ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:3 - Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:4 - And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’ ”

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:5 - Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:6 - All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:7 - Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:8 - Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:9 - This was the inventory:
gold dishes30
silver dishes1,000
silver pans[fn]29

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:10 -
gold bowls30
matching silver bowls410
other articles1,000

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 1:11 - In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along with the exiles when they came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.
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The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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