The Proclamation of Cyrus
1 1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia , in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah , the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia , so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom , and also put it in writing , saying : 2 "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 . 3 'Whoever there is among you of all His people , may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the Lord , the God of Israel ; He is the God who is in Jerusalem . 4 'Every survivor , at whatever e place he may live , let the men of that place support him with silver and gold , with goods and cattle , together with a freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem .' "
The Return of the Exiles to Jerusalem
5 Then the heads of fathers' households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose , even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem . 6 All those about them  encouraged e them with articles of silver , with gold , with goods , with cattle and with valuables , aside from all that was given as a freewill offering . 7 Also King Cyrus brought out the articles of the house of the Lord , which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and put in the house of his gods ; 8 and Cyrus , king of Persia , had them brought out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer , and he counted them out to Sheshbazzar , the prince of Judah . 9 Now this was their number : 30 gold dishes , 1,000 silver dishes , 29 e duplicates ; 10 30 gold bowls , 410 e e silver bowls of a second kind and 1,000 other articles . 11 All the articles of gold and silver numbered 5,400 e e e . Sheshbazzar brought them all up with the exiles who went up from Babylon to Jerusalem .
The List of Returning Exiles
2 1 Now these are the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon , and returned to Jerusalem and Judah , each to his city . 2 These came with Zerubbabel , Jeshua , Nehemiah , Seraiah , Reelaiah , Mordecai , Bilshan , Mispar , Bigvai , Rehum and Baanah . The number of the men of the people of Israel : 3 the sons of Parosh , 2,172 e e e ; 4 the sons of Shephatiah , 372 e e e ; 5 the sons of Arah , 775 e e e ; 6 the sons of Pahath-moab of the sons of Jeshua and Joab , 2,812 e e e e ; 7 the sons of Elam , 1,254 e e e ; 8 the sons of Zattu , 945 e e e ; 9 the sons of Zaccai , 760 e e ; 10 the sons of Bani , 642 e e e ; 11 the sons of Bebai , 623 e e e ; 12 the sons of Azgad , 1,222 e e e ; 13 the sons of Adonikam , 666 e e ; 14 the sons of Bigvai , 2,056 e ; 15 the sons of Adin , 454 e e e ; 16 the sons of Ater of Hezekiah , 98 e ; 17 the sons of Bezai , 323 e e e ; 18 the sons of Jorah , 112 e e ; 19 the sons of Hashum , 223 e e ; 20 the sons of Gibbar , 95 e ; 21 the men of Bethlehem , 123 e e ; 22 the men of Netophah , 56 ; 23 the men of Anathoth , 128 e e ; 24 the sons of Azmaveth , 42 e ; 25 the sons of Kiriath-arim , Chephirah and Beeroth , 743 e e e ; 26 the sons of Ramah and Geba , 621 e e e ; 27 the men of Michmas , 122 e e ; 28 the men of Bethel and Ai , 223 e e ; 29 the sons of Nebo , 52 e ; 30 the sons of Magbish , 156 e ; 31 the sons of the other Elam , 1,254 e e e ; 32 the sons of Harim , 320 e e ; 33 the sons of Lod , Hadid and Ono , 725 e e e ; 34 the men of Jericho , 345 e e e ; 35 the sons of Senaah , 3,630 e e e .
36 The priests : the sons of Jedaiah of the house of Jeshua , 973 e e e ; 37 the sons of Immer , 1,052 e e ; 38 the sons of Pashhur , 1,247 e e e ; 39 the sons of Harim , 1,017 e e . 40 The Levites : the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel , of the sons of Hodaviah , 74 e . 41 The singers : the sons of Asaph , 128 e e . 42 The sons of the gatekeepers : the sons of Shallum , the sons of Ater , the sons of Talmon , the sons of Akkub , the sons of Hatita , the sons of Shobai , in all 139 e e . 43 The temple servants : the sons of Ziha , the sons of Hasupha , the sons of Tabbaoth , 44 the sons of Keros , the sons of Siaha , the sons of Padon , 45 the sons of Lebanah , the sons of Hagabah , the sons of Akkub , 46 the sons of Hagab , the sons of Shalmai , the sons of Hanan , 47 the sons of Giddel , the sons of Gahar , the sons of Reaiah , 48 the sons of Rezin , the sons of Nekoda , the sons of Gazzam , 49 the sons of Uzza , the sons of Paseah , the sons of Besai , 50 the sons of Asnah , the sons of Meunim , the sons of Nephisim , 51 the sons of Bakbuk , the sons of Hakupha , the sons of Harhur , 52 the sons of Bazluth , the sons of Mehida , the sons of Harsha , 53 the sons of Barkos , the sons of Sisera , the sons of Temah , 54 the sons of Neziah , the sons of Hatipha . 55 The sons of Solomon's servants : the sons of Sotai , the sons of Hassophereth , the sons of Peruda , 56 the sons of Jaalah , the sons of Darkon , the sons of Giddel , 57 the sons of Shephatiah , the sons of Hattil , the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim , the sons of Ami . 58 All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon's servants were 392 e e e . 59 Now these are those who came up from Tel-melah , Tel-harsha , Cherub , Addan and Immer , but they were not able to give evidence of their fathers' households and their descendants , whether they were of Israel : 60 the sons of Delaiah , the sons of Tobiah , the sons of Nekoda , 652 e e e . 61 Of the sons of the priests : the sons of Habaiah , the sons of Hakkoz , the sons of Barzillai , who took a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite , and he was called by their name . 62 These searched among their ancestral registration e , but they could not be located ; therefore they were considered unclean and excluded from the priesthood . 63 The governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest stood up with Urim and Thummim .
64 The whole assembly numbered 42,360 e e e e e , 65 besides e their male and female servants e who numbered 7,337 e e e e e ; and they had 200 singing men and women. 66 Their horses were 736 e e ; their mules , 245 e e ; 67 their camels , 435 e e e ; their donkeys , 6,720 e e e e . 68 Some of the heads of fathers' households, when they arrived at the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem , offered willingly for the house of God to restore it on its foundation . 69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for the work 61,000 e e gold drachmas and 5,000 e silver minas and 100 priestly garments . 70 Now the priests and the Levites , some of the people , the singers , the gatekeepers and the temple servants lived in their cities , and all Israel in their cities .
1:4 Or "reside as an alien"
1:4 Lit "his"
1:6 Lit "strengthened their hands"
1:9 Heb obscure; other possible meanings are "knives, censers"
2:2 In Neh 7:7, "Nehum"