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An Edict to Rebuild the Temple(A)

During the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in fulfillment of the message from the Lord spoken through Jeremiah, the Lord prompted[a] Cyrus, king of Persia, to make this proclamation throughout his entire kingdom, which was also released in written form:

An Official Statement

from[b] Cyrus, King of Persia

All of the kingdoms of the earth have been given to me by the Lord God of Heaven, and he specifically charged me to build a temple[c] for him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Therefore, who among the Lord’s[d] people trusts in his God? Whoever among this group wishes to do so may travel to Jerusalem of Judah to rebuild the Temple of the Lord[e] God of Israel, the God of Jerusalem.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 1:1 Lit. stirred up the spirit of
  2. Ezra 1:2 Lit. Thus says
  3. Ezra 1:2 Or house, and so throughout the book
  4. Ezra 1:3 Lit. among all of his
  5. Ezra 1:3 Lit. of his Lord
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