The proclamation of Cyrus for the building of the Temple.
Ezra 1:1 In the first yere of Cyrus king of Persia (that the worde of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Ieremia might be fulfilled) the Lorde stirred vp the spirite of Cyrus king of Persia, that he caused to be proclaymed throughout all his empyre, and to be written, saying, Ezra 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus the king of Persia: The Lorde God of heauen hath geuen me all the kingdomes of the earth, and hath commaunded me to build him an house at Hierusalem, which is in Iuda. Ezra 1:3 Whosoeuer nowe among you is of his people, the Lord his God be with him, and let him go vp to Hierusalem in Iuda, and builde the house of the Lorde God of Israel, he is the God that is at Hierusalem. Ezra 1:4 And whosoeuer remayneth yet in any maner of place where he is a straunger, let the men of that place helpe him with siluer and golde, with good and cattaile, beside that which they willingly offer for the house of God that is at Hierusalem.
The people provide for the return.
Ezra 1:5 Then gat vp the principall fathers of Iuda and Beniamin, and the priestes and Leuites, and all they whose spirite God had raysed to go vp and to builde the house of the Lorde which is at Hierusalem. Ezra 1:6 And all they that were about them, strengthed their hande with vessels of siluer & golde, with goodes, and cattaile, and iewels, besides all that was wyllingly offered.
Cyrus restoreth the vessels of the Temple to Sheshbazzar.
Ezra 1:7 And king Cyrus brought foorth the vessels of the house of the Lord: which Nabuchodonosor had taken out of Hierusalem, and had put in the house of his God. Ezra 1:8 Those did Cyrus the king of Persia bryng foorth by the hande of Michridates the treasurer, & numbred them vnto Sesbazer the prince of Iuda. Ezra 1:9 And this is the number of them: thirtie chargers of golde, a thousand chargers of siluer, twentie and nine kniues: Ezra 1:10 Thirtie basons of golde, and of other siluer basons foure hundred & ten: and of other vessels a thousand. Ezra 1:11 Al the vessels of golde and siluer were fiue thousand and foure hundred: All these did Sesbazer cary away with them that came vp out of the captiuitie of Babylon, vnto Hierusalem.