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The First Book of Esdras the Prophet

Esdras from the Hebrew means “help” called Ezra if from the Latin

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Chapter 1

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, ( that the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremy might be fulfilled) the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he caused it to be proclaimed throughout all his empire, yee and by writing also, saying: Thus saith Cyrus the king of Persia: The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the land and hath commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Judah. Whosoever now among you is his people, the Lord God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel. He is the God that is at Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth yet in any manner of place ( where he is a stranger ) let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with good cattle, beside the which they willingly offer, for the house of God at Jerusalem.
      Then got up the principle fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, and all they whose spirit God had raised to go up, and to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem. And all they that were about them, strengthened their hand with vessels of silver and gold, with goods and cattle, and jewels, beside that which they gave of their own free will. And King Cyrus brought forth of the vessels of the house of the Lord, which Nabuchodonozar had taken out of Jerusalem, and put in the house of his gods. But Cyrus the king of Persia brought forth by Mithridates the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sesbazar the prince of Judah. And this is the number of them: thirty basins of gold, and a thousand basins of silver, nine and twenty knives, thirty cups of gold, and of other silver cups four hundred and ten, and of other vessels a thousand. So that all the vessels both of gold and silver, were five thousand and four hundred. Sesbazar brought them all up, with them that came up out of the captivity of Babylon unto Jerusalem.

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