Cyrus helps the exiles to return
1In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfil 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:
2‘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. 3Any 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. 4And 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.” ’
5Then 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. 6All their neighbours assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.
7Moreover, 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.1:7 Or gods 8Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.
9This was the inventory:
11In 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.
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.