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During the first year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, the Lord fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophecy[a] by giving King Cyrus the desire to send this proclamation throughout his empire (he also put it into the permanent records of the realm):

“Cyrus, king of Persia, hereby announces that Jehovah, the God of heaven who gave me my vast empire, has now given me the responsibility of building him a Temple in Jerusalem, in the land of Judah.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 1:1 the Lord fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophecy (see Jeremiah 25:12; 29:10), i.e., the prediction that the Jews would remain in captivity in Babylon for seventy years.

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