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Ezra 1

Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return

1In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.

Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god.[a] Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.

This was the inventory:

gold dishes30
silver dishes1,000
silver pans[b]29
10 gold bowls30
matching silver bowls410
other articles1,000

11 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along with the exiles when they came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Footnotes

  1. Ezra 1:7 Or gods
  2. Ezra 1:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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Ezra 1

Kyros sender judæerne hjem for at genopbygge templet

1I det første år Kyros[a] var konge i Persien, opfyldte Herren det løfte, han havde givet sit folk gennem profeten Jeremias. Han talte til Kyros, som derefter udsendte en skriftlig meddelelse, der skulle læses op i hele hans rige:

Kyros, konge af Persien, bekendtgør herved, at Himlens Gud, som har givet mig herredømmet over alle jordens riger, nu har pålagt mig at bygge ham et tempel i Jerusalem i Judas land. De af jer, der hører til Herrens folk, kan nu frit vende tilbage til Jerusalem og genopbygge Herrens tempel, for han er Israels Gud, og han bør tilbedes i Jerusalem. Må jeres Gud være med jer. De, som bor i nærheden af nogle af de tilbageværende fra dette folk, skal hjælpe dem på vej ved at give dem sølv og guld, forsyninger til rejsen og husdyr såvel som offergaver til Herrens tempel i Jerusalem.

Og Gud vakte en hjemlængsel hos lederne for Judas og Benjamins stammer og hos præsterne og levitterne, så mange gjorde sig parat til at vende tilbage til Jerusalem for at genopbygge templet. Deres naboer hjalp dem med sølv, guld, forsyninger og husdyr, og de gav dem gaver med til templet.

Kong Kyros befalede desuden sin skatmester Mitredat at hente alle de kostbarheder, som kong Nebukadnezar i sin tid havde taget fra templet i Jerusalem og placeret i sit eget gudetempel. Mitredat skulle så overgive det hele til Sheshbatzar, der var leder for Judas folk. Det drejede sig om 30 guldbakker, 1000 sølvbakker, 29 offerknive, 10 30 guldskåle, 410 mindre sølvskåle samt 1000 diverse redskaber. 11 I alt fik Sheshbatzar overdraget 5400 ting af guld og sølv, som han skulle tage med sig fra Babylon til Jerusalem.

Footnotes

  1. 1,1 Kyros var konge over Persien 559-530 f.Kr.