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1 In 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:
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. 3 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. 4 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.’”
5 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. 6 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.
7 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] 8 Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.
9 This was the inventory:
|10 gold bowls||30|
|matching silver bowls||410|
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.
2 Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive to Babylon (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to their own town, 2 in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah):
The list of the men of the people of Israel:
|3 the descendants of Parosh||2,172|
|4 of Shephatiah||372|
|5 of Arah||775|
|6 of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab)||2,812|
|7 of Elam||1,254|
|8 of Zattu||945|
|9 of Zakkai||760|
|10 of Bani||642|
|11 of Bebai||623|
|12 of Azgad||1,222|
|13 of Adonikam||666|
|14 of Bigvai||2,056|
|15 of Adin||454|
|16 of Ater (through Hezekiah)||98|
|17 of Bezai||323|
|18 of Jorah||112|
|19 of Hashum||223|
|20 of Gibbar||95|
|21 the men of Bethlehem||123|
|22 of Netophah||56|
|23 of Anathoth||128|
|24 of Azmaveth||42|
|25 of Kiriath Jearim,[c] Kephirah and Beeroth||743|
|26 of Ramah and Geba||621|
|27 of Mikmash||122|
|28 of Bethel and Ai||223|
|29 of Nebo||52|
|30 of Magbish||156|
|31 of the other Elam||1,254|
|32 of Harim||320|
|33 of Lod, Hadid and Ono||725|
|34 of Jericho||345|
|35 of Senaah||3,630|
36 The priests:
|the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua)||973|
|37 of Immer||1,052|
|38 of Pashhur||1,247|
|39 of Harim||1,017|
40 The Levites:
|the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel (of the line of Hodaviah)||74|
41 The musicians:
|the descendants of Asaph||128|
42 The gatekeepers of the temple:
|the descendants of|
|Shallum, Ater, Talmon,|
|Akkub, Hatita and Shobai||139|
43 The temple servants:
|the descendants of|
|Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,|
|44 Keros, Siaha, Padon,|
|45 Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,|
|46 Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,|
|47 Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,|
|48 Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,|
|49 Uzza, Paseah, Besai,|
|50 Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim,|
|51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,|
|52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,|
|53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,|
|54 Neziah and Hatipha|
55 The descendants of the servants of Solomon:
|the descendants of|
|Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,|
|56 Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,|
|57 Shephatiah, Hattil,|
|Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Ami|
|58 The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon||392|
59 The following came up from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer, but they could not show that their families were descended from Israel:
|60 The descendants of|
|Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda||652|
61 And from among the priests:
|The descendants of|
|Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai (a man who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that name).|
62 These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 63 The governor ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there was a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.
64 The whole company numbered 42,360, 65 besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 200 male and female singers. 66 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.
68 When they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site. 69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics[d] of gold, 5,000 minas[e] of silver and 100 priestly garments.
70 The priests, the Levites, the musicians, the gatekeepers and the temple servants settled in their own towns, along with some of the other people, and the rest of the Israelites settled in their towns.
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[b]
2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[c] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.
23 The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.