Cyrus Permits Return

22 1Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia -in order to fulfill the word of the LORD 2by the mouth of Jeremiah -the LORD 3stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,
23 "Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!' "