Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return(A)

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

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20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, 21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. 22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.

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22 In the first year of Cyrus(A) 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:

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14 So the Lord stirred up(A) the spirit of Zerubbabel(B) son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak,(C) the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant(D) of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God,

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13 for it is God who works in you(A) to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.(B)

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