Ezra 1:1-3 NIV

Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return

1:1-3pp -- 2Ch 36:22-23

1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,1 the LORD moved the heart2 of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing:

References for Ezra 1:1

2 "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: " 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed3 me to build4 a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

References for Ezra 1:2

3 Anyone of his people among you--may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem.