GOD'S WORD® Translation
1The promise the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah was about to come true in Cyrus' first year as king of Persia. The LORD inspired the king to make this announcement throughout his whole kingdom and then to put it in writing.
2This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: The LORD God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the world. And he has ordered me to build a temple for him in Jerusalem (which is in Judah). 3May God be with all of you who are his people. You may go to Jerusalem (which is in Judah) and build a temple for the LORD God of Israel. He is the God who is in Jerusalem. 4All who [choose to] remain behind, wherever they may be living, should provide the people who are leaving with silver, gold, supplies, livestock, and freewill offerings to be used in God's temple in Jerusalem.
5Then the heads of the families of Judah and Benjamin, the priests, and the Levites-everyone God had inspired-came forward to rebuild the LORD's temple in Jerusalem. 6All their neighbors [who were remaining behind] provided them with articles made from silver and gold, supplies, livestock, and valuable gifts besides everything that was freely offered.
7King Cyrus brought out the utensils belonging to the LORD's temple. Nebuchadnezzar had taken these utensils from Jerusalem and put them in the temple of his own god. 8King Cyrus of Persia put the treasurer Mithredath in charge of bringing them out. So Mithredath made a list of them for Prince Sheshbazzar of Judah. 9This is the inventory: gold dishes 30 silver dishes 1,000 knives 29 10gold bowls 30 other silver bowls 410 other utensils 1,000 11The gold and silver utensils totaled 5,400. Sheshbazzar took all these utensils with him when the exiles left Babylon to go to Jerusalem.