ቂሮስ ምርኮኞቹ እንዲመለሱ ፈቀደ
1፥1-3 ተጓ ምብ – 2ዜና 36፥22-23
1ቂሮስ የፋርስ ንጉሥ በሆነ በመጀመሪያው ዓመት፣ እግዚአብሔር የቂሮስን መንፈስ አነሣሥቶ በመንግሥቱ ሁሉ ዐዋጅ እንዲያስነግርና ይህም በጽሑፍ እንዲሰፍር አደረገ፤ ይህ የሆነው በኤርምያስ አፍ የተነገረው የእግዚአብሔር ቃል ይፈጸም ዘንድ ነው።
2“የፋርስ ንጉሥ ቂሮስ የሚለው ይህ ነው፤ “ ‘የሰማይ አምላክ እግዚአብሔር የምድርን መንግሥታት ሁሉ ሰጥቶኛል፤ በይሁዳ ምድር በምትገኘው በኢየሩሳሌምም ለእርሱ ቤተ መቅደስ እንድሠራ አዞኛል። 3ከሕዝቡ መካከል በእናንተ ዘንድ የሚኖር ማናቸውም ሰው አምላኩ ከእርሱ ጋር ይሁን፤ በይሁዳ ወደምትገኘው ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም ይውጣና በዚያ ለሚኖረው አምላክ፣ ለእስራኤል አምላክ ለእግዚአብሔር ቤተ መቅደስ ይሥራ፤ 4ባሉበት ስፍራ የሚቀሩ በየትኛውም አገር የሚኖሩ ሰዎች ሁሉ በኢየሩሳሌም ለሚገኘው የእግዚአብሔር ቤተ መቅደስ ስጦታ እንዲሆን በበጎ ፈቃድ ከሚያቀርቡት መባ በተጨማሪ ብርና ወርቅ፣ ዕቃና እንስሳ በመስጠት ይርዷቸው።’ ”
5ከዚያም እግዚአብሔር መንፈሳቸውን ያነሣሣው የይሁዳና የብንያም ቤተ ሰብ አለቆች እንዲሁም ካህናቱና ሌዋውያኑ ሁሉ ለመሄድና በኢየሩሳሌም የሚገኘውን የእግዚአብሔርን ቤተ መቅደስ ለመሥራት ተዘጋጁ። 6ጎረቤቶቻቸውም ሁሉ በበጎ ፈቃድ ከሰጡት መባ በተጨማሪ ከብርና ከወርቅ የተሠሩ ዕቃዎችን፣ ቈሳቍስን፣ እንስሶችንና ሌሎች ጠቃሚ የሆኑ ስጦታዎችንም በመለገስ ረዷቸው። 7ከዚህም በላይ ንጉሡ ቂሮስ፣ ናቡከደነፆር ከኢየሩሳሌም ወስዶ በአማልክቱ1፥7 ወይም፣ በአምላኩ ቤተ ጣዖት ያኖራቸውን የእግዚአብሔርን ቤተ መቅደስ ንዋያተ ቅድሳት አወጣ። 8የፋርስ ንጉሥ ቂሮስ በግምጃ ቤቱ ኀላፊ በሚትሪዳጡ አማካይነት ንዋያተ ቅድሳቱ እንዲመጡና በይሁዳው ገዢ በሰሳብሳር ፊት እንዲቈጠሩ አደረገ።
9የዕቃው ዝርዝር ይህ ነበር፤
11ባጠቃላይ አምስት ሺህ አራት መቶ የወርቅና የብር ዕቃዎች ነበሩ። ሰሳብሳር ምርኮኞቹ ከባቢሎን ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም ሲመለሱ ይህን ሁሉ ዕቃ ይዞ ወጣ።
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.