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1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
1:3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
1:4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
1:5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
1:6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.
1:7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; 1:8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
1:9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, 1:10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.
1:11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.

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Book: Ezra
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The proclamation of Cyrus for the rebuilding of the Temple.
(1-4) The people provide for their return. (5-11)

1-4 The Lord stirred up the Spirit of Cyrus. The hearts of
Kings are in the Hand of the Lord. God governs the world By his
influence On the spirits of men; whatever good they do, God
stirs up their spirits to do it. It was during the Captivity of
the Jews, that God principally employed them as the means of
Calling the attention of the Heathen to him. Cyrus took it for
granted, that those among the Jews who were able, would offer
free-will offerings for the House of God. He would also have
them supplied out of his kingdom. Well-wishers to the Temple
should be Well-doers for it.

5-11 The same God that raised up the Spirit of Cyrus to
proclaim liberty to the Jews, raised up their spirits to take
the benefit. The Temptation was to some to stay in Babylon; but
some feared not to return, and they were those whose spirits God
raised, By his Spirit and Grace. Whatever good we do, is owing
to the Grace of God. Our spirits naturally Bow down to this
Earth and the things of it; if they move upward in any good
affections or good actions, it is God who raises them. The calls
and offers of the Gospel are like the proclamation of Cyrus.
Those bound under the power of Sin, may be made free By Jesus
Christ. Whosoever will, By Repentance and Faith, return to God,
Jesus Christ has opened the way for him, and raises him out of
the slavery of Sin into the glorious liberty of the children of
God. Many that hear this joyful sound, choose to sit still in
Babylon, are in Love with their sins, and will not venture upon
a holy Life; but some break through all discouragements,
whatever it cost them; they are those whose Spirit God has
raised above the world and the Flesh, whom he has made willing.
Thus will the heavenly Canaan be filled, though many perish in
Babylon; and the Gospel offer will not have been made in vain.
The bringing back the Jews from Captivity, represents the
Redemption of sinners By Jesus Christ.

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