The Decree of Cyrus 1
In the first 2 year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order to fulfill the Lord’s message 3 spoken through 4 Jeremiah, 5 the Lord stirred the mind 6 of King Cyrus of Persia. He disseminated 7 a proclamation 8 throughout his entire kingdom, announcing in a written edict 9 the following: 10
1:2 “Thus says King Cyrus of Persia:
“‘The Lord God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has instructed me to build a temple 11 for him in Jerusalem, 12 which is in Judah. 1:3 Anyone from 13 his people among you (may his God be with him!) may go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and may build the temple of the Lord God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem. 1:4 Anyone who survives in any of those places where he is a resident foreigner must be helped by his neighbors 14 with silver, gold, equipment, and animals, along with voluntary offerings for the temple of God which is in Jerusalem.’”
6:3 So the Lord said, “My spirit will not remain in 1 humankind indefinitely, 2 since 3 they 4 are mortal. 5 They 6 will remain for 120 more years.” 7
6:4 The Nephilim 8 were on the earth in those days (and also after this) 9 when the sons of God were having sexual relations with 10 the daughters of humankind, who gave birth to their children. 11 They were the mighty heroes 12 of old, the famous men. 13
6:5 But the Lord saw 14 that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination 15 of the thoughts 16 of their minds 17 was only evil 18 all the time. 19
6:8 But 1 Noah found favor 2 in the sight of 3 the Lord.
The Judgment of the Flood
6:9 This is the account of Noah. 4
Noah was a godly man; he was blameless 5
among his contemporaries. 6 He 7 walked with 8 God. 6:10 Noah had 9 three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
6:11 The earth was ruined 10 in the sight of 11 God; the earth was filled with violence. 12 6:12 God saw the earth, and indeed 13 it was ruined, 14 for all living creatures 15 on the earth were sinful. 16