Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以斯拉記 1:1-11

塞魯士下令猶太人回國

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

2波斯塞魯士如此說,『天上的上帝耶和華已把天下萬國都賜給我,祂吩咐我在猶大耶路撒冷為祂建造殿宇。 3你們當中凡是耶和華的子民,都可以去猶大耶路撒冷,為住在耶路撒冷以色列的上帝耶和華建殿,願上帝與他們同在! 4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。』」

5於是,猶大便雅憫的族長、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。 6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。 7巴比倫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。波斯塞魯士將這些器皿取出來, 8派財政大臣米提利達如數交給猶大的首領設巴薩9三十個金盤、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。被擄者從巴比倫耶路撒冷時,設巴薩把這些器皿一併帶去。

New International Reader's Version

Ezra 1:1-11

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.