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CHAPTER 2: In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that the word of YHWH might be accomplished, that he had promised by the mouth of Jeremy; Adonai raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of the Persians, and he made proclamation through all his kingdom, and also by writing, Saying, Thus says Cyrus King of the Persians; YHWH of Israel, the Most High, has made me king of the whole world, And commanded me to build him a house at Jerusalem and Jewry. If therefore be any of you that are of his people, let Adonai, be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem that is in Judea, and build the house of YHWH of Israel: for he is ELOHIM that dwelleth in Jerusalem. Whosoever that dwell in the places about, let them help him, (those, I say, that are his neighbors) with gold and with silver. With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, and other things, which have been set forth by vow, for the temple of Adonai at Jerusalem. Then the chief of the families of Judea and of the Tribe of Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and the Levites, and all those whose mind YHWH have moved to go up, and to build a house for Adonai at Jerusalem. And they that dwell around them, helped them in all things with silver and gold, with horses and cattle, and with very many free gift of a great number whose minds were stirred up there too. King Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels, which Nabuchodonosor had carried away from Jerusalem, and has set up in his temple of idols. Now when king Cyrus, king of the Persians had brought them forth, he delivered them to Mithridates his Treasurer: And by him they were delivered to Sanabasssar the governor of Judea. And this was the number of them; A thousand golden cups, and a thousand of silver, censers of silver twenty nine, vials of gold thirty, and of silver two thousand four hundred and ten, and a thousand other vessels. So all the vessels of gold and silver, which were carried away, were five thousand four hundred thirty nine. These were brought back by Sanabassar, together with them of the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem. But in the time of Artaxerxes King of the Persians, Belemus, and Mithridates, and Tabellius, and Rathumus, and Semellius the secretary, with others that were in commission with them, dwelling in Samaria and other places, wrote to him against Israelites that dwelled in Judah and Jerusalem these letters following: To king Artaxerxes our Lord, Thy servants, Rathumus the storywritter, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest of their Council, and the judges that are in Celosyria and Phenice. Be it now known to the Lord the king, that the Israelites that come up from you to us, which come into Jerusalem, (that rebellious and wicked city,) do build the marketplaces, and repair the walls, and do lay the foundation of the temple. Now if this city and the walls be made up again, they will not only refuse to give tribute, but also rebell against Kings. And for as much as the things pertaining to the temple are now in hand, we think it not to neglect such a matter. But to speak unto our Lord the king, to the intent that, if it be thy pleasure, it may be sought out in the books of thy fathers: And you shall find in the Chronicles what is written concerning these things, and shall understand that the city was rebellious, troubling both Kings and cities: And that the Israelites were rebellious, and always raised wars there in; for which cause even this city was made desolate. Where now we do declare unto thee, Oh Lord the king, that if this city be built again, and the walls are all set up new, thou shall have no passage into Celoyria and Phenice. Then the king wrote back again to Rathumus the storywriter, to Beeltethumus, to Semellius the scribe, and to the rest that were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria and Syria and Phenice, after this manner; I have read the epistle that you have sent unto me: therefore I commanded to make diligent search, and it has been found that that city was from the beginning practicing against Kings; and the men were given to rebellion and war: and that mighty Kings and fierce were in Jerusalem, who reigned and exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice. Now therefore I have commanded to hinder those men from building the city, and heed to be taken that there be no more done in it; And that those wicked workers proceed no further to the annoyance of Kings. Then King Artaxerxes his letters being read, Rathumus, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest that were in commission with them, removing in haste toward Jerusalem with a troop of horsemen and a multitude of people in battle array, began to hinder the builders; and the building of the temple in Jerusalem ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius King of the Persians.