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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Ezra 1:1-11

1  And in the year one of King Cyrus of Persia, for the finishing of Jehovah’s prediction out of the mouth of Jeremiah, Jehovah stirred the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia and he had proclamation made by criers throughout his empire, and also in writing, 2  “Cyrus king of Persia says: Jehovah, God of the heavens, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah. 3*  Whoever of all his people among you will volunteer to go, be his God with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the house of Jehovah the God of Israel,—he is the God in Jerusalem,— 4***  and let everybody who remains behind, of all the places where he has been living, help him on and make voluntary gifts at his place to Jehovah in silver and gold and chattels and cattle, along with the voluntary gifts for Jehovah’s house at Jerusalem.” 5  And the heads of families of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God stirred, stood up to go up to build Jehovah’s house at Jerusalem; 6***  and all their neighborhoods lent them a hand with everything, silver and gold and chattels and cattle and rich objects in abundance for everybody who volunteered. 7  And King Cyrus had brought out the vessels of Jehovah’s house which Nebucadnessar had taken out of Jerusalem and had put in the house of his gods; 8  King Cyrus of Persia had brought them out to the hands of Mithradata the treasurer, and he had counted them off to Shashabalassar who was prince for Judah. 9*  And this is the count of them: thirty golden urns, a thousand silver urns, twenty-nine censers, 10  thirty golden stoups, two thousand four hundred and ten silver stoups, a thousand other vessels; 11  of all the vessels, gold and silver, there were five thousand four hundred and sixty-nine. Shashabalassar brought all up with the coming up of the deportees from Babylon to Jerusalem.


1:3 Var. Whoever of all his people there is among you, be his
1:4 Lit. living, give him a lift and
1:4 Var. living, let the men of his place give him a lift with silver and
1:4, 1:6 Or gold and camels and cattle Var. gold and palfreys and cattle
1:6 Var. with articles of silver and with gold
1:6 Var. cattle and votive offerings in abundance
1:6 Var. in abundance besides all voluntary gifts
1:9-10 The words designating the nature of the vessels are of uncertain meaning, and the numbers vary in different copies