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.
Koresi Athandiza Ayuda Kubwerera Kwawo
1Mʼchaka choyamba cha ufumu wa Koresi mfumu ya Perisiya, pofuna kukwaniritsa zimene anayankhula kudzera mwa Yeremiya, Yehova anayika maganizo mu mtima mwa Koresi mfumu ya Perisiya kuti alengeze mʼdziko lake lonse ndi mawu apakamwa ngakhalenso ochita kulemba.
2Iye anati, “Koresi mfumu ya Perisiya ikunena kuti,
“ ‘Yehova, Mulungu wakumwamba wandipatsa maufumu onse a dziko lapansi, ndipo wandipatsa udindo woti ndimumangire Nyumba ku Yerusalemu mʼdziko la Yuda. 3Aliyense wa inu amene ali wa Yehova, Mulungu wakeyo akhale naye. Tsono aliyense wa inu apite ku Yerusalemu, mʼdziko la Yuda kuti akamange Nyumba ya Yehova, Mulungu wa Israeli. Iyeyu ndi Mulungu amene ali mu Yerusalemu. 4Ndipo kumalo kulikonse kumene otsalawo akukhala, athandizidwe ndi eni dzikolo powapatsa siliva, golide, katundu ndi ziweto ndi zopereka za ufulu zoti akapereke ku Nyumba ya Yehova imene ili ku Yerusalemu.’ ”
5Choncho atsogoleri a mabanja afuko la Yuda ndi la Benjamini komanso ansembe ndi Alevi, aliyense amene Mulungu anawutsa mtima wake, anayamba kukonzeka kupita kukamanga Nyumba ya Yehova imene ili ku Yerusalemu. 6Onse oyandikana nawo anawathandiza powapatsa ziwiya za siliva ndi zagolide, kuphatikizaponso katundu ndi ziweto, ndiponso mphatso zamtengo wapatali, kuwonjezera pa zopereka zaufulu zija. 7Nayenso mfumu Koresi anatulutsa ziwiya za mʼNyumba ya Yehova zimene Nebukadinezara anazitenga kuzichotsa ku Yerusalemu ndi kuziyika mʼnyumba ya milungu yake. 8Koresi, mfumu ya ku Perisiya inatulutsa ziwiyazi ndi kuzipereka kwa Miteridati, msungichuma amene anaziwerenga pamaso pa Sesibazara nduna yayikulu ya dziko la Yuda.
9Chiwerengerochi chinali motere:
11Ziwiya zonse zagolide ndi siliva pamodzi zinalipo 5,400. Zonsezi ndi zimene Sezi-Bazara anabwera nazo pamene otengedwa ukapolo aja ankabwerera ku Yerusalemu kuchokera ku Babuloni.