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.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Ɛsra 1:1-11

Yuda Nnommumfoɔ Sane Ba Yerusalem

1Na Persiahene Kores afe a ɛdi ɛkan no mu no, Awurade kaa Kores akoma maa ɔtwerɛɛ saa dawurobɔ nsɛm yi de kɔɔ ahemman yi nyinaa mu, maa Yeremia nkɔmhyɛ no baa mu.

2Sɛdeɛ Persiahene Kores1.2 Na Kores Ahemman no trɛ firi India kɔsi Misraim, ɛtoaa so firi hɔ Ɛpo Kɔkɔɔ a ɛwɔ Persia Po no mu kɔsi Etiopia. ka nie:

Awurade, ɔsoro Onyankopɔn de ahemman a ɛwɔ asase so nyinaa ahyɛ me nsa. Wayi me sɛ, mensi asɔredan mma no wɔ Yerusalem wɔ Yuda asase so. 3Mo a moyɛ ne nkurɔfoɔ nyinaa, monsane nkɔ Yerusalem wɔ Yuda, nsane nkɔsi saa Awurade, Israel Onyankopɔn, a ɔte Yerusalem no asɔredan. Na mo Onyankopɔn bɛka mo ho. 4Wɔn a wɔtete baabiara a Yudafoɔ nkaeɛfoɔ no wɔ no, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔma Yudafoɔ no dwetɛ ne sikakɔkɔɔ, akwantuo nneɛma, nyɛmmoa ne akoma pa mu afɔrebɔdeɛ a wɔde ma Onyankopɔn asɔredan a ɛwɔ Yerusalem no, de boa wɔn akwantuo no.

5Na Onyankopɔn kaa Lewifoɔ, Yuda ne Benyamin mmusuakuo ntuanofoɔ akoma sɛ, wɔnsane mmra Yerusalem mmɛsiesie Awurade asɔredan no. 6Na wɔn afipamfoɔ boa maa wɔn dwetɛ ne sikakɔkɔɔ atam ne nyɛmmoa, ma wɔde tuu kwan no. Wɔmaa wɔn akyɛdeɛ pa bebree de kaa deɛ ɛfiri wɔn ankasa akoma mu no ho.

7Ɔhene Kores no ankasa de aboɔdenneɛ a ɔhene Nebukadnessar tase firii Awurade asɔredan mu wɔ Yerusalem de kɔguu ɔno ankasa anyame asɔredan mu no baeɛ. 8Kores hyɛɛ Persia ɔsannaani Mitredat sɛ ɔnkenkan saa nneɛma no nyinaa, na ɔmfa nhyɛ wɔn a wɔtwaa wɔn asuo a wɔresane aba Yuda no panin Sesbasar nsa.

9Yeinom ne nneɛma a Kores de bɛkyɛeɛ:

sikakɔkɔɔ nsiaseɛ 30dwetɛ nsiaseɛ 1,000dwetɛ ɔhyeɛsɛn 2910sikakɔkɔɔ atam 30dwetɛ atam 410nneɛma a ɛkeka ho 1,000

11Ne nyinaa mu no, sikakɔkɔɔ ne dwetɛ nneɛma a wɔde maa Sesbasar sɛ ɔmfa nkɔ Yerusalem wɔ ɛberɛ a wɔn a wɔtwaa wɔn asuo firi Babilonia baa hɔ no dodoɔ yɛ sikakɔkɔɔ ne dwetɛ mpem enum ne ahanan (5,400).