Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以斯拉記 1

塞魯士下令猶太人回國

1波斯王塞魯士元年,耶和華為要應驗祂藉耶利米所說的話,就感動波斯王塞魯士,使他下詔通告全國:

「波斯王塞魯士如此說,『天上的上帝耶和華已把天下萬國都賜給我,祂吩咐我在猶大的耶路撒冷為祂建造殿宇。 你們當中凡是耶和華的子民,都可以去猶大的耶路撒冷,為住在耶路撒冷的以色列的上帝耶和華建殿,願上帝與他們同在! 凡留下不回國的人,無論住在哪裡,都要用金銀、財物和牲畜幫助同區那些將要回國的人,此外還要為耶路撒冷的上帝的殿獻上自願獻的禮物。』」

於是,猶大和便雅憫的族長、祭司和利未人——所有被上帝感動的人都準備上耶路撒冷重建耶和華的殿。 他們周圍的人除了獻上自願獻的禮物外,還拿出銀器、金子、財物、牲畜和珍寶來支持他們。 巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒曾從耶路撒冷耶和華的殿裡帶回珍貴的器皿,放在自己神明的廟裡。波斯王塞魯士將這些器皿取出來, 派財政大臣米提利達如數交給猶大的首領設巴薩: 三十個金盤、一千個銀盤、二十九把刀、 10 三十個金碗、四百一十個次等銀碗及一千件其他器皿, 11 共有五千四百件金銀器皿。被擄者從巴比倫上耶路撒冷時,設巴薩把這些器皿一併帶去。

The Message

Ezra 1

Cyrus King of Persia: “Build The Temple of God!”

11-4 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia—this fulfilled the Message of God preached by Jeremiah—God prodded Cyrus king of Persia to make an official announcement throughout his kingdom. He wrote it out as follows:

From Cyrus king of Persia, a Proclamation: God, the God of the heavens, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has also assigned me to build him a Temple of worship in Jerusalem, Judah. Who among you belongs to his people? God be with you! Go to Jerusalem which is in Judah and build The Temple of God, the God of Israel, Jerusalem’s God. Those who stay behind, wherever they happen to live, will support them with silver, gold, tools, and pack animals, along with Freewill-Offerings for The Temple of God in Jerusalem.

5-6 The heads of the families of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and Levites—everyone, in fact, God prodded—set out to build The Temple of God in Jerusalem. Their neighbors rallied behind them enthusiastically with silver, gold, tools, pack animals, expensive gifts, and, over and above these, Freewill-Offerings.

7-10 Also, King Cyrus turned over to them all the vessels and utensils from The Temple of God that Nebuchadnezzar had hauled from Jerusalem and put in the temple of his gods. Cyrus king of Persia put Mithredath the treasurer in charge of the transfer; he provided a full inventory for Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah, including the following:

30 gold dishes

1,000 silver dishes

29 silver pans

30 gold bowls

410 duplicate silver bowls

1,000 miscellaneous items.

11 All told, there were 5,400 gold and silver articles that Sheshbazzar took with him when he brought the exiles back from Babylon to Jerusalem.