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.
Yuda Nnommum No San Ba Yerusalem
1Persiahene Kores afe a edi kan no mu no, Awurade kaa Kores koma ma ɔkyerɛw saa dawubɔ nsɛm yi de kɔɔ ahemman no nyinaa mu, maa Yeremia nkɔmhyɛ no baa mu.
2Sɛnea Persiahene Kores1.2 Na Kores Ahemman no trɛw fi India kosi Misraim, ɛtoaa so fi Po Kɔkɔɔ a ɛwɔ Persia Po no mu kosi Etiopia. ka ni:
Awurade, ɔsoro Nyankopɔn de ahemman a ɛwɔ asase so nyinaa ahyɛ me nsa. Wayi me sɛ minsi asɔredan mma no wɔ Yerusalem wɔ Yuda asase so. 3Mo a moyɛ ne nkurɔfo nyinaa, monsan nkɔ Yerusalem wɔ Yuda, nsan nkosi saa Awurade, Israel Nyankopɔn, a ɔte Yerusalem no asɔredan. Na mo Nyankopɔn bɛka mo ho. 4Wɔn a wɔtete baabiara a Yudafo nkae no wɔ no, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔma Yudafo no dwetɛ ne sikakɔkɔɔ, akwantu nneɛma, nyɛmmoa ne koma pa mu afɔrebɔde a wɔde ma Onyankopɔn asɔredan a ɛwɔ Yerusalem no, de boa wɔn akwantu no.
5Na Onyankopɔn kaa Lewifo, Yuda ne Benyamin mmusuakuw ntuanofo no koma sɛ, wɔnsan mmra Yerusalem mmesiesie Awurade asɔredan no. 6Na wɔn afipamfo boa maa wɔn dwetɛ ne sikakɔkɔɔ ne nyɛmmoa, ma wɔde tuu kwan no. Wɔmaa wɔn akyɛde pa bebree de kaa nea efi wɔn ankasa koma mu no ho.
7Ɔhene Kores no ankasa de aboɔdenne a ɔhene Nebukadnessar tase fii Awurade asɔredan mu wɔ Yerusalem de koguu ɔno ankasa anyame asɔredan mu no bae. 8Kores hyɛɛ Persia ɔsannaani Mitredat sɛ ɔnkenkan saa nneɛma no nyinaa, na ɔmfa nhyɛ wɔn a wotwaa wɔn asu a wɔresan aba Yuda no panyin Sesbasar nsa.
9Eyinom ne nneɛma a Kores de bɛkyɛe:
11Ne nyinaa mu no, sikakɔkɔɔ ne dwetɛ nneɛma a wɔde maa Sesbasar sɛ ɔmfa nkɔ Yerusalem bere a wɔn a wotwaa wɔn asu fi Babilonia baa hɔ no dodow yɛ sikakɔkɔɔ ne dwetɛ mpem anum ne ahannan (5,400).