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Ezra 1:1-2:70

Cyrus’s Proclamation

1Now 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 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.’”

Holy Vessels Restored

5Then 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.6All those about them encouraged them with articles of silver, with gold, with goods, with cattle and with valuables, aside from all that was given as a freewill offering.7Also 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;8and 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.9Now this was their number: 30 gold dishes, 1,000 silver dishes, 29 duplicates;1030 gold bowls, 410 silver bowls of a second kind and 1,000 other articles.11All the articles of gold and silver numbered 5,400. Sheshbazzar brought them all up with the exiles who went up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Number of Those Returning

1Now 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.2These came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah.

The number of the men of the people of Israel:3the sons of Parosh, 2,172;4the sons of Shephatiah, 372;5the sons of Arah, 775;6the sons of Pahath-moab of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,812;7the sons of Elam, 1,254;8the sons of Zattu, 945;9the sons of Zaccai, 760;10the sons of Bani, 642;11the sons of Bebai, 623;12the sons of Azgad, 1,222;13the sons of Adonikam, 666;14the sons of Bigvai, 2,056;15the sons of Adin, 454;16the sons of Ater of Hezekiah, 98;17the sons of Bezai, 323;18the sons of Jorah, 112;19the sons of Hashum, 223;20the sons of Gibbar, 95;21the men of Bethlehem, 123;22the men of Netophah, 56;23the men of Anathoth, 128;24the sons of Azmaveth, 42;25the sons of Kiriath-arim, Chephirah and Beeroth, 743;26the sons of Ramah and Geba, 621;27the men of Michmas, 122;28the men of Bethel and Ai, 223;29the sons of Nebo, 52;30the sons of Magbish, 156;31the sons of the other Elam, 1,254;32the sons of Harim, 320;33the sons of Lod, Hadid and Ono, 725;34the men of Jericho, 345;35the sons of Senaah, 3,630.

Priests Returning

36The priests: the sons of Jedaiah of the house of Jeshua, 973;37the sons of Immer, 1,052;38the sons of Pashhur, 1,247;39the sons of Harim, 1,017.

Levites Returning

40The Levites: the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodaviah, 74.41The singers: the sons of Asaph, 128.42The 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.

43The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,44the sons of Keros, the sons of Siaha, the sons of Padon,45the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah, the sons of Akkub,46the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shalmai, the sons of Hanan,47the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, the sons of Reaiah,48the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, the sons of Gazzam,49the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, the sons of Besai,50the sons of Asnah, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephisim,51the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,52the sons of Bazluth, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,53the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah,54the sons of Neziah, the sons of Hatipha.

55The sons of Solomon’s servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Hassophereth, the sons of Peruda,56the sons of Jaalah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,57the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of Ami.

58All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants were 392.

59Now 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:60the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, 652.

Priests Removed

61Of 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.62These searched among their ancestral registration, but they could not be located; therefore they were considered unclean and excluded from the priesthood.63The governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest stood up with Urim and Thummim.

64The whole assembly numbered 42,360,65besides their male and female servants who numbered 7,337; and they had 200 singing men and women.66Their horses were 736; their mules, 245;67their camels, 435; their donkeys, 6,720.

68Some 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.69According to their ability they gave to the treasury for the work 61,000 gold drachmas and 5,000 silver minas and 100 priestly garments.

70Now 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 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

18For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.19For it is written,

“I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,

AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”

20Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.22For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;23but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;27but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,28and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,29so that no man may boast before God.30But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,31so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”

Paul’s Reliance upon the Spirit

1And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.2For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.3I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,4and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,5so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

Proverbs 20:22-23

22Do not say, “I will repay evil”;

Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

23Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD,

And a false scale is not good.