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King Cyrus of Persia entrusted 1 them to 2 Mithredath 3 the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar 4 the leader of the Judahite exiles. 5
So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and 1 the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Then King Cyrus brought out the vessels of the Lord’s temple which Nebuchadnezzar had brought from Jerusalem and had displayed 1 in the temple of his gods.
They were hiring advisers to oppose them, so as to frustrate their plans, throughout the time 1 of King Cyrus of Persia until the reign of King Darius 2 of Persia. 3
But in the first year of King Cyrus of Babylon, 1 King Cyrus enacted a decree to rebuild this temple of God.
In the first year of the reign of 1 King Cyrus of Persia, in fulfillment of the promise he delivered through Jeremiah, 2 the Lord moved 3 King Cyrus of Persia to issue a written decree throughout his kingdom.
It read: “This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: ‘The Lord God of the heavens has given to me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build for him a temple in Jerusalem 1 in Judah. May the Lord your God energize you who belong to his people, so you may be able to go back there!” 2
So they provided money 1 for the masons and carpenters, and food, beverages, and olive oil for the people of Sidon 2 and Tyre, 3 so that they would bring cedar timber from Lebanon to the seaport 4 at Joppa, in accord with the edict of King Cyrus of Persia.
But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the leaders of Israel said to them, “You have no right 1 to help us build the temple of our God. We will build it by ourselves for the Lord God of Israel, just as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us.”
In the first year of his reign, 1 King Cyrus gave orders concerning the temple of God in Jerusalem: 2 ‘Let the temple be rebuilt as a place where sacrifices are offered. Let its foundations be set in place. 3 Its height is to be ninety feet and its width ninety 4 feet, 5
The elders of the Jews continued building and prospering, while at the same time 1 Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo continued prophesying. They built and brought it to completion by the command of the God of Israel and by the command of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Even the gold and silver vessels of the temple of God that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem and had brought to the palace 1 of Babylon – even those things King Cyrus brought from the palace of Babylon and presented 2 to a man by the name of Sheshbazzar whom he had appointed as governor.
“Now if the king is so inclined, 1 let a search be conducted in the royal archives 2 there in Babylon in order to determine whether King Cyrus did in fact issue orders for this temple of God to be rebuilt in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us a decision concerning this matter.”