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Esdras 1:1-11

Ciro ajuda os exilados a regressarem

(2 Cr 36.22-23)

1No primeiro ano do rei Ciro, da Pérsia, cumprindo-se a profecia do Senhor, pronunciada pela boca de Jeremias, o Senhor despertou o espírito deste rei, levando-o a fazer a seguinte proclamação, através de todo o reino, a qual enviou também por escrito.

2Assim fala Ciro, rei da Pérsia,

Todos os reinos da Terra me foram dados pelo Senhor, o Deus dos céus, que me deu instruções para que lhe construísse um templo em Jerusalém, na terra de Judá. 3Todos os que são seu povo devem subir a Jerusalém de Judá, para reconstruir o templo do Senhor, o Deus de Israel, o Deus que habita em Jerusalém, e que Deus seja com eles! 4Aqueles, de entre os judeus, que não partirem, deverão contribuir para as despesas dos que forem a Jerusalém, fornecendo-lhes também vestuário, gado e mantimento para a viagem, além de uma oferta voluntária para o templo.

5Deus suscitou entre os chefes das tribos de Judá e de Benjamim, e entre os sacerdotes e levitas, um grande movimento de consagração, no sentido de regressarem a Jerusalém e de começarem logo a reconstrução do templo.

6Aqueles que optaram por ficar deram-lhes tudo o que puderam, em prata, ouro, roupa, gado e outras coisas de valor.

7O próprio rei Ciro devolveu as taças de ouro e outros objetos valiosos que Nabucodonozor levara do templo em Jerusalém e depositara no templo dos seus deuses. 8Nesse sentido, deu ordens a Mitredate, o tesoureiro do império, para que tais objetos fossem entregues a Sesbazar, o líder de todo o movimento de retorno a Judá.

9É esta a lista daquilo que Ciro devolveu:

30 salvas de ouro

1000 salvas de prata

29 incensários

1030 bacias de ouro maciço

410 bacias de prata, para várias funções

1000 outros objetos diversos.

11Foram ao todo 5400 os objetos de ouro e de prata entregues a Sesbazar para que os levasse a Jerusalém, ao sair da Babilónia, acompanhado de outros exilados.

King James Version

Ezra 1:1-11

1Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,1.1 made…: Heb. caused a voice to pass 2Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. 4And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.1.4 help…: Heb. lift him up

5¶ Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem. 6And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.1.6 strengthened…: that is, helped them

7¶ Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; 8Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. 9And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, 10Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand. 11All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.1.11 the captivity: Heb. the transportation