Kyros sender judæerne hjem for at genopbygge templet
1I det første år Kyros1,1 Kyros var konge over Persien 559-530 f.Kr. var konge i Persien, opfyldte Herren det løfte, han havde givet sit folk gennem profeten Jeremias. Han talte til Kyros, som derefter udsendte en skriftlig meddelelse, der skulle læses op i hele hans rige:
2Kyros, konge af Persien, bekendtgør herved, at Himlens Gud, som har givet mig herredømmet over alle jordens riger, nu har pålagt mig at bygge ham et tempel i Jerusalem i Judas land. 3De af jer, der hører til Herrens folk, kan nu frit vende tilbage til Jerusalem og genopbygge Herrens tempel, for han er Israels Gud, og han bør tilbedes i Jerusalem. Må jeres Gud være med jer. 4De, som bor i nærheden af nogle af de tilbageværende fra dette folk, skal hjælpe dem på vej ved at give dem sølv og guld, forsyninger til rejsen og husdyr såvel som offergaver til Herrens tempel i Jerusalem.
5Og Gud vakte en hjemlængsel hos lederne for Judas og Benjamins stammer og hos præsterne og levitterne, så mange gjorde sig parat til at vende tilbage til Jerusalem for at genopbygge templet. 6Deres naboer hjalp dem med sølv, guld, forsyninger og husdyr, og de gav dem gaver med til templet.
7Kong Kyros befalede desuden sin skatmester Mitredat at hente alle de kostbarheder, som kong Nebukadnezar i sin tid havde taget fra templet i Jerusalem og placeret i sit eget gudetempel. 8Mitredat skulle så overgive det hele til Sheshbatzar, der var leder for Judas folk. 9Det drejede sig om 30 guldbakker, 1000 sølvbakker, 29 offerknive, 1030 guldskåle, 410 mindre sølvskåle samt 1000 diverse redskaber. 11I alt fik Sheshbatzar overdraget 5400 ting af guld og sølv, som han skulle tage med sig fra Babylon til Jerusalem.
Cyrus Helps the Jews to Return to Jerusalem
1It was the first year of the rule of Cyrus. He was king of Persia. The Lord inspired him to send a message all through his kingdom. It happened so that what the Lord had spoken through Jeremiah would come true. The message was written down. It said,
2“Cyrus, the king of Persia, says,
“ ‘The Lord is the God of heaven. He has given me all the kingdoms on earth. He has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem and build the Lord’s temple. He is the God of Israel. He is the God who is in Jerusalem. And may their God be with them. 4The people still left alive in every place must bring gifts to the people going. They must provide silver and gold to the people going up to Jerusalem. The people must bring goods and livestock. They should also bring any offerings they choose to. All those gifts will be for God’s temple in Jerusalem.’ ”
5Then everyone God had inspired prepared to go. They wanted to go up to Jerusalem and build the Lord’s temple there. They included the family leaders of Judah and Benjamin. They also included the priests and Levites. 6All their neighbors helped them. They gave them silver and gold objects. They gave them goods and livestock. And they gave them gifts of great value. All those things were added to the other offerings the people chose to give.
7King Cyrus also brought out the objects that belonged to the Lord’s temple. Nebuchadnezzar had carried them off from Jerusalem. He had put them in the temple of his own god. 8Cyrus, the king of Persia, told Mithredath to bring them out. Mithredath was in charge of the temple treasures. He counted those objects. Then he gave them to Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
9Here is a list of the objects.
There were 30 gold dishes.
There were 1,000 silver dishes.
There were 29 silver pans.
10There were 30 gold bowls.
There were 410 matching silver bowls.
There were 1,000 other objects.
11The total number of gold and silver objects was 5,400.
Sheshbazzar brought all of these back with him to Jerusalem. So Sheshbazzar and the Jews who had been forced to leave Judah came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.