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
Koreshi Asaidia Watu Kurudi Kutoka Uhamishoni
11:1 Yer 29:10-14; Zek 1:12-16; 2Nya 36:22-23; Ezr 5:13; 7:27; Yer 25:12; Law 26:42Katika mwaka wa kwanza wa utawala wa Koreshi mfalme wa Uajemi, ili kulitimiza neno la Bwana lililosemwa na nabii Yeremia, Bwana aliusukuma moyo wa Koreshi mfalme wa Uajemi kutangaza katika himaya yake yote kwa maandishi:
21:2 Amu 4:10; Isa 44:28; Ezr 5:13; Za 72:11“Hili ndilo asemalo Koreshi mfalme wa Uajemi:
“ ‘Bwana, Mungu wa mbinguni, amenipa falme zote duniani, na ameniagiza kumjengea Hekalu huko Yerusalemu katika Yuda. 31:3 Kum 3:24; 2Sam 22:32; Za 86:10; Dan 6:26; 1Kor 8:6; Isa 37:16; Mk 12:32Yeyote wa watu wake miongoni mwenu, Mungu wake na awe pamoja naye, wacha apande kwenda Yerusalemu katika Yuda na kujenga Hekalu la Bwana, Mungu wa Israeli, Mungu aliyeko huko Yerusalemu. 41:4 Isa 10:20-22; Hes 15:3; Za 116:17; Ezr 3:7; 4:3Nao watu wa mahali popote wale walionusurika wanapoishi sasa, watu hao wampe fedha na dhahabu, pamoja na vifaa na mifugo, mbali na sadaka za hiari kwa ajili ya Hekalu la Mungu huko Yerusalemu.’ ”
51:5 2Nya 34:9; Neh 12:34; Hag 1:4; Flp 2:13; Mit 16:1Kisha viongozi wa jamaa ya Yuda na Benyamini na makuhani na Walawi kila mmoja ambaye moyo wake ulisukumwa na Mungu, akajiandaa kupanda ili kuijenga nyumba ya Bwana huko Yerusalemu. 6Majirani zao wote wakawasaidia vyombo vya fedha na dhahabu, pamoja na vifaa na mifugo, pia na zawadi za thamani, pamoja na sadaka zote za hiari. 71:7 2Fal 24:13; Ezr 5:14; 6:5; 2Nya 36:7; Yer 52:17-19Zaidi ya hayo, Mfalme Koreshi akavitoa vyombo vilivyokuwa mali ya Hekalu la Bwana, ambavyo Nebukadneza alikuwa amevichukua kutoka Yerusalemu na kuviweka katika hekalu la mungu wake. 81:8 Ezr 5:14; Hag 1:1; 1Nya 3:18Koreshi mfalme wa Uajemi akavitoa kwa mkono wa Mithredathi mtunza hazina, aliyevihesabu mbele ya Sheshbaza mkuu wa Yuda.
9Hii ilikuwa ndio orodha ya vifaa:
11Kwa ujumla, kulikuwa na vyombo 5,400 vya dhahabu na vya fedha. Sheshbaza akavileta hivi vyote wakati watu walipotoka uhamishoni Babeli kwenda Yerusalemu.