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Ezra 1Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Decree of Cyrus

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia,[a] the word of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. The Lord put it into the mind of King Cyrus to issue a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom and to put it in writing:

This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build Him a house at Jerusalem in Judah. Whoever is among His people, may his God be with him, and may he go to Jerusalem in Judah and build the house of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. Let every survivor, wherever he lives, be assisted by the men of that region with silver, gold, goods, and livestock, along with a freewill offering for the house of God in Jerusalem.”

Return from Exile

So the family leaders of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and Levites—everyone God had motivated[b]—prepared to go up and rebuild the Lord’s house in Jerusalem. All their neighbors supported them[c] with silver articles, gold, goods, livestock, and valuables, in addition to all that was given as a freewill offering. King Cyrus also brought out the articles of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and had placed in the house of his gods. King Cyrus of Persia had them brought out under the supervision of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. This was the inventory:

30 gold basins, 1,000 silver basins,
29 silver knives, 10 30 gold bowls,
410 various[d] silver bowls, and 1,000 other articles.

11 The gold and silver articles totaled 5,400. Sheshbazzar brought all of them when the exiles went up from Babylon to Jerusalem.


  1. Ezra 1:1 Cyrus reigned 559–530 b.c.
  2. Ezra 1:5 Lit everyone whose spirit God had stirred
  3. Ezra 1:6 Lit supported their hands
  4. Ezra 1:10 Or similar

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