The return of the captivity under the kingly leadership of Zerubbabel
The decree of Cyrus the king of Persia
in the first year of Cyrus the king of Persia, so that the bword
of Jehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, Jehovah 2cstirred
up the spirit of 3Cyrus
the king of Persia; and he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it
also in writing, saying,
the king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth has Jehovah the bGod
of heaven given to me; and He has charged me to build Him a 1house
in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
there is among you of all His people, may his God be with him; and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and let him build the house of Jehovah the God of Israel — He is God — who is in Jerusalem.
everyone who is left, in whatever place he sojourns, let the men of his place support him with silver and with gold and with goods and with cattle, besides the freewill offering for the house of God, which is in Jerusalem.
The response of the heads of the fathers' houses of Judah and Benjamin, the priests, and the Levites
the heads of the fathers’ houses
of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites rose up, even everyone whose spirit God had astirred
up to go up to build the house of Jehovah, which is in Jerusalem.
all those around them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with cattle and with precious things, besides all that was offered willingly.
The cooperation of King Cyrus
King Cyrus brought out the 1avessels
of the house of Jehovah, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought out from Jerusalem and had put in the house of his gods;
Cyrus the king of Persia had them brought out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer and had them enumerated to 1aSheshbazzar
the prince of Judah.
this was atheir
number: thirty gold dishes, one thousand silver dishes, twenty-nine knives,
gold bowls, four hundred ten silver bowls of a different kind, and
one thousand other vessels.
were five thousand four hundred vessels of gold and silver in all. Sheshbazzar brought up all of them
with those of the captivity who were brought up from Babylon to Jerusalem.