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.
Kurusu Gũteithia arĩa Maatahĩtwo Gũcooka
11:1 Jer 25:11-12; Zek 1:12-16Na rĩrĩ, mwaka-inĩ wa mbere wa Kurusu mũthamaki wa Perisia, nĩguo kiugo kĩa Jehova kĩrĩa kĩarĩtio nĩ Jeremia kĩhiinge-rĩ, Jehova akĩarahũra ngoro ya Kurusu mũthamaki wa Perisia aanĩrĩrithie kũrĩa guothe aathamakaga, na andĩke atĩrĩ:
21:2 Isa 44:28; Hag 1:2“Kurusu, mũthamaki wa Perisia ekuuga ũũ:
“ ‘Jehova, Ngai wa igũrũ, nĩaheete mothamaki mothe ma thĩ,1:2 Wathani wa Mũthamaki Kurusu watambũrũkĩte kuuma India nginya Misiri. na nĩanyamũrĩte ndĩmwakĩre hekarũ kũu Jerusalemu bũrũri wa Juda. 3Mũndũ wake o na ũrĩkũ ũrĩ thĩinĩ wanyu, Ngai wake aroikara hamwe nake, nĩambate athiĩ Jerusalemu kũu Juda, na aake hekarũ ya Jehova, Ngai wa Isiraeli, o we Ngai ũcio ũrĩ kũu Jerusalemu. 41:4 Thaam 3:22; Ndar 15:3; Kũg 21:24Na rĩrĩ, andũ a kũndũ o guothe kũrĩa matigari mangĩkorwo marĩ, nĩ mamũhe betha na thahabu, na indo na mahiũ, na mĩhothi ya kwĩyendera nĩ ũndũ wa hekarũ ya Ngai ĩrĩa ĩrĩ kũu Jerusalemu.’ ”
51:5 Ezar 4:1; Afil 2:13Hĩndĩ ĩyo atongoria a nyũmba ya Juda na ya Benjamini, na athĩnjĩri-Ngai na Alawii, arĩa othe Ngai aarahũrire ngoro ciao, makĩĩhaarĩria gũthiĩ magaake nyũmba ya Jehova kũu Jerusalemu.1:5 Rũgendo rwa gũthiĩ Jerusalemu na ngamĩĩra rwarĩ rwa mĩeri ta ĩĩrĩ kana ĩtatũ, na rwarĩ rwa kilomita 900 nginya 1,000. 6Andũ othe a matũũra mao makĩmateithĩrĩria na indo cia betha na cia thahabu, na indo ingĩ na mahiũ, na iheo cia goro, makĩria ya mĩhothi ĩrĩa yarutĩtwo ya kwĩyendera. 71:7 2Ath 24:13; Ezar 5:14Ningĩ Mũthamaki Kurusu akĩruta indo iria ciarĩ cia hekarũ ya Jehova, iria ciatahĩtwo nĩ Nebukadinezaru kuuma Jerusalemu ikaigwo thĩinĩ wa hekarũ ya ngai yake. 81:8 1Maũ 3:18Kurusu mũthamaki wa Perisia nĩatũmire Mithiredathu ũrĩa mũigi wa kĩgĩĩna arehe indo icio, agĩcitarĩra Sheshibazaru mũnene wa Juda.
9Indo icio ciatariĩ ta ũũ:
thaani nene cia thahabu ciarĩ 30
thaani nene cia betha ciarĩ 1,000
ngĩo cia betha ciarĩ 29
10mbakũri cia thahabu ciarĩ 30
mbakũri ihaanaine cia betha ciarĩ 410
na indo ingĩ ciarĩ 1,000.
11Indo icio ciothe cia thahabu na betha ciarĩ 5,400. Sheshibazaru akĩrehe indo icio ciothe hĩndĩ ĩrĩa andũ arĩa maatahĩtwo maacookaga Jerusalemu kuuma Babuloni.