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Ezra 1

Proclamation of Cyrus

1Now in the [a]first year of [b]Cyrus king of Persia [that is, the first year he ruled Babylon], in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah [the prophet], the Lord stirred up (put in motion) the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying:

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The [c]Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 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; He is God who is in Jerusalem. In any place where a survivor (Jewish exile) may live, let the men (Gentiles) of that place support him with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, together with freewill offerings for the house of God in Jerusalem.’”

Holy Articles Restored

Then the heads of the fathers’ households of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites, all those whose spirits God had stirred up, [d]arose to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. All those who were around them encouraged them with articles of silver, with gold, with goods, with cattle, and with valuable things, in addition to all that was given as a freewill offering. Also King Cyrus brought out the articles of the house of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem [when he captured that city] and had put in the house of his gods. And Cyrus, king of Persia, had Mithredath the treasurer bring them out, and he counted them out to [e]Sheshbazzar, the governor (leader) of Judah. And they counted: 30 dishes (basins) of gold, 1,000 dishes of silver, 29 duplicates; 10 30 [small] gold bowls, 410 [small] silver bowls of a second kind, and 1,000 other articles. 11 All the articles of gold and of silver totaled 5,400. All these Sheshbazzar [the governor] brought up with the exiles who went from Babylon up to Jerusalem.

Notas al pie

  1. Ezra 1:1 Cyrus the Great captured Babylon in Oct 539 b.c. This was about seventy years after the first Hebrew captives were taken to Babylon.
  2. Ezra 1:1 Cyrus the Great established the Persian Empire and ruled from 559-530 b.c. His kingdom extended from Turkey in the west to the Indus River in the east, covering most of Southwest Asia and much of Central Asia. He was a great soldier as well as a wise and benevolent king, whose respect for religious freedom led to the return of the Hebrew captives to Jerusalem. Ancient historians report that the tomb assumed to be his was visited by Alexander the Great (356-323 b.c.) when he conquered Persepolis in 330 b.c. The tomb still exists among the ruins of Pasargadae in modern Iran.
  3. Ezra 1:2 It is remarkable that Cyrus actually used God’s special name, the tetragrammaton YHWH (traditionally rendered “Lord”). Certainly Cyrus recognized the true God, but he probably considered Him as one of a number of existing gods, as was typical for a polytheist. For Cyrus God of heaven probably meant just that, along with God of Israel and the God who is in Jerusalem (v 3).
  4. Ezra 1:5 The Hebrew verb “to stand” or “arise” is often an instruction to get ready to fulfill a command, somewhat similar to the military command “attention.”
  5. Ezra 1:8 There is occasionally a debate over the identities of Sheshbazzar and Zerubbabel. Sheshbazzar was an older Jewish official who was appointed by Cyrus and served in Judah (5:24). Zerubbabel was a younger man who was recognized as a political leader among the Jews. He was the son of Shealtiel and an ancestor of Jesus (5:2; Matt 1:12, 13).

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Ezra 1

De herbouw van de tempel door Kores aangekondigd

1In het eerste jaar dat Kores koning van Perzië was, vervulde de Here een profetie van Jeremia. Hij bewoog koning Kores ertoe een oproep door zijn hele land te laten gaan die luidde: ‘Ik, Kores, koning van Perzië, kondig hierbij aan dat de Here, de God van Israël, die mij alle koninkrijken op aarde heeft gegeven, mij heeft opgedragen de tempel in Jeruzalem te herbouwen. Allen in mijn rijk die tot het volk van God behoren, mogen terugkeren naar Jeruzalem om, met hulp van hun God, de tempel van de Here, de God van Israël, die in Jeruzalem woont, weer op te bouwen. Degenen die níet meegaan, moeten hen die wél gaan, steunen met zilver en goud, allerlei goederen en vee. Deze steun komt bij de vrijwillige gift voor de herbouw van de tempel van God in Jeruzalem.’

De Geest van God gaf de leiders van de stammen Juda en Benjamin en de priesters en Levieten het verlangen meteen naar Jeruzalem terug te keren om de tempel te herbouwen. Al hun buren hielpen hen zoveel mogelijk en gaven giften mee voor de tempel. Koning Kores schonk een aantal gouden schalen en andere kostbare voorwerpen. Die had koning Nebukadnezar meegenomen uit de tempel in Jeruzalem en neergezet in de tempels van zijn eigen goden. Koning Kores gaf Mithredath, de schatbewaarder van Perzië, opdracht deze geschenken te overhandigen aan Sesbazzar, de leider van Juda. Kores schonk dertig gouden schalen, duizend zilveren schalen, negenentwintig messen, dertig gouden bekers, 10 vierhondertien zilveren bekers en duizenden andere voorwerpen. 11 In totaal vijfduizendvierhonderd gouden en zilveren voorwerpen werden Sesbazzar overhandigd. Hij moest ervoor zorgen dat alles van Babel naar Jeruzalem werd gebracht bij de terugkeer van de ballingen.