New American Standard Bible

Ezra 1

Cyrus’s Proclamation

1Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying:

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel; He is the God who is in Jerusalem. Every survivor, at whatever place he may [a]live, let the men of [b]that place support him with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, together with a freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.’”

Holy Vessels Restored

Then the heads of fathers’ households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose, even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. All those about them [c]encouraged them with articles of silver, with gold, with goods, with cattle and with valuables, aside from all that was given as a freewill offering. Also King Cyrus brought out the articles of the house of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and put in the house of his gods; and Cyrus, king of Persia, had them brought out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and he counted them out to Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. Now this was their number: 30 gold dishes, 1,000 silver dishes, 29 [d]duplicates; 10 30 gold bowls, 410 silver bowls of a second kind and 1,000 other articles. 11 All the articles of gold and silver numbered 5,400. Sheshbazzar brought them all up with the exiles who went up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Footnotes

  1. Ezra 1:4 Or reside as an alien
  2. Ezra 1:4 Lit his
  3. Ezra 1:6 Lit strengthened their hands
  4. Ezra 1:9 Heb obscure; other possible meanings are knives, censers

O Livro

Esdras 1

Ciro ajuda os exilados a voltarem

1No primeiro ano do rei Ciro, da Pérsia, o Senhor despertou o espírito deste rei, levando-o a fazer a seguinte proclamação, através de todo o reino, a qual mandou também pôr por escrito:

2/4 “Todos os reinos da terra me foram dados pelo Senhor Deus dos céus, que me deu instruções para que lhe construísse um templo em Jerusalém, na terra de Judá. Todos os que são seu povo devem regressar a Israel, para dar cumprimento a essa tarefa, e o Senhor será com eles. Aqueles, de entre os judeus, que não partirem, deverão contribuir para as despesas dos que forem a Jerusalém, fornecendo-lhes também vestuário, meios de transporte e mantimento para a viagem, além de uma oferta voluntária para o templo.”

Deus 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.

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

7/8 O próprio rei Ciro devolveu as taças de ouro e outros objectos valiosos que Nabucodonozor levara do templo em Jerusalém e depositara no templo dos seus deuses. Nesse sentido deu ordens a Mitredate, o tesoureiro do império, para que tais objectos fossem entregues a Sesbazar, o líder de todo o movimento de retorno a Judá. 9/10 É esta a lista daquilo que Ciro devolveu:

1.000 salvas de ouro,
1.000 salvas de prata,
29 incensários,
30 bacias de ouro maciço,
2.410 bacias de prata, para várias funções,
1.000 outros objectos diversos.

11 Foram ao todo cinco mil quatrocentos e sessenta e nove objectos de ouro e de prata entregues a Sesbazar para que os levasse a Jerusalém.