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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Ezra 1:1-11

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:  “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.  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.+  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.’”  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.  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.*+  Also, King Cyrus himself brought forth the utensils of the house of Jehovah,+ which Neb·u·chad·nez′zar had brought out from Jerusalem+ and then put in the house of his god.*+  And Cyrus the king of Persia proceeded to bring them forth under the control of Mith′re·dath the treasurer and to number them out to Shesh·baz′zar*+ the chieftain* of Judah.+  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·baz′zar+ brought up, along with the bringing up of the exiled+ people out of Babylon* to Jerusalem.


“Of Cyrus,” M(Heb., leKhoh′resh)LXX; Syr., leKu·resh; Lat., Cy′ri.
“The [true] God.” Heb., ha·ʼElo·him′, the definite article ha, “the,” preceding the title ʼElo·him′ for emphasis. See App 1F.
Lit., “all he (one) offered voluntarily.”
Or, “his gods.” Heb., ʼelo·hav′, pl., probably to denote excellence; Lat., de′i.
“Zerubbabel” in 2:2; 3:8.
Or, “nasi.”
“Babylon,” LXXVg; MSy, “Babel.”