1 And in the first year of Cyrus*+ the king of Persia, that Jehovah’s word from the mouth of Jeremiah+ might be accomplished, Jehovah roused+ the spirit of Cyrus the king of Persia so that he caused a cry+ to pass through all his realm, and also in writing,+ saying: 2 “This is what Cyrus the king of Persia has said,+ ‘All the kingdoms of the earth Jehovah the God of the heavens+ has given me,+ and he himself has commissioned me to build him a house in Jerusalem,+ which is in Judah. 3 Whoever there is among YOU of all his people, may his God prove to be with him.+ So let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of Jehovah the God of Israel—he is the [true] God*+—which was in Jerusalem.+ 4 As for anyone that is left from all the places where he is residing as an alien,+ let the men of his place assist him with silver and with gold and with goods and with domestic animals along with the voluntary offering+ for the house of the [true] God, which was in Jerusalem.’” 5 Then the heads+ of the fathers of Judah and of Benjamin and the priests and the Levites rose up, even everyone whose spirit+ the [true] God had roused, to go up and rebuild the house of Jehovah,+ which was in Jerusalem. 6 As for all those round about them, they strengthened+ their hands with utensils of silver, with gold, with goods and with domestic animals and with choice things, besides all that which was voluntarily offered.*+ 7 Also, King Cyrus himself brought forth the utensils of the house of Jehovah,+ which Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had brought out from Jerusalem+ and then put in the house of his god.*+ 8 And Cyrus the king of Persia proceeded to bring them forth under the control of Mithʹre·dath the treasurer and to number them out to Shesh·bazʹzar*+ the chieftain* of Judah.+ 9 Now these are the numbers of them: thirty basket-shaped vessels of gold, a thousand basket-shaped vessels of silver, twenty-nine replacement vessels, 10 thirty small bowls+ of gold, four hundred and ten small secondary bowls of silver, a thousand other utensils. 11 All the utensils of gold and of silver were five thousand four hundred. Everything Shesh·bazʹzar+ brought up, along with the bringing up of the exiled+ people out of Babylon* to Jerusalem.
^ “Of Cyrus,” M(Heb., leKhohʹresh)LXX; Syr., leKu·resh; Lat., Cyʹri.
^ “The [true] God.” Heb., ha·ʼElo·himʹ, the definite article ha, “the,” preceding the title ʼElo·himʹ for emphasis. See App 1F.
^ Lit., “all he (one) offered voluntarily.”
^ Or, “his gods.” Heb., ʼelo·havʹ, pl., probably to denote excellence; Lat., deʹi.
^ Or, “nasi.”
^ “Babylon,” LXXVg; MSy, “Babel.”