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Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return...
And in the first year of Koresh sovereign of Persia, that the word of YHWH by the mouth of Yirmeyah might be accomplished, YHWH stirred up the spirit of Koresh sovereign of Persia, to proclaim throughout all his reign, and also in writing, saying,
'Thus said Koresh sovereign of Persia, ' YHWH Elohim of the heavens has given me all the reigns of the earth. And He has commanded me to build Him a house in Yerushalayim which is in Yehudah.
Who is among you of all His people? His Elohim be with him! And let him go up to Yerushalayim, which is in Yehudah, and build the House of YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el - He is Elohim - which is in Yerushalayim.
And whoever is left from all the places where he sojourns, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the voluntary offerings for the House of Elohim which is in Yerushalayim.''
And the heads of the fathers' houses of Yehudah and Binyamin, and the priests and the Lewites, with all those whose spirits Elohim had stirred, rose up to go up and build the House of YHWH which is in Yerushalayim.
And all those round about them strengthened their hands with objects of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuables, besides all that was voluntarily offered.
And Sovereign Koresh brought out the utensils of the House of YHWH, which Nebukadnetstsar had taken from Yerushalayim and put in the house of his mighty ones,
and Koresh sovereign of Persia brought them out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and counted them out to Sheshbatstsar the leader of Yehudah.
And this was their number: thirty gold dishes, one thousand silver dishes, twenty-nine knives,
thirty gold basins, next, four hundred and ten silver basins, one thousand other utensils.
All the utensils of gold and silver were five thousand four hundred. Sheshbatstsar took all of them with the exiles who were brought from Babel to Yerushalayim.