The Decree of Cyrus
Return from Exile
5 So the family leaders of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and Levites—everyone God had motivated[b]—prepared to go up and rebuild the Lord’s house in Jerusalem. 6 All their neighbors supported them[c] with silver articles, gold, goods, livestock, and valuables, in addition to all that was given as a freewill offering. 7 King Cyrus also brought out the articles of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and had placed in the house of his gods. 8 King Cyrus of Persia had them brought out under the supervision of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. 9 This was the inventory:
29 silver knives, 10 30 gold bowls,
410 various[d] silver bowls, and 1,000 other articles.
11 The gold and silver articles totaled 5,400. Sheshbazzar brought all of them when the exiles went up from Babylon to Jerusalem.
- Ezra 1:1 Cyrus reigned 559–530 b.c.
- Ezra 1:5 Lit everyone whose spirit God had stirred
- Ezra 1:6 Lit supported their hands
- Ezra 1:10 Or similar