It started with the Godly priest, Ezra,
and Cyrus, the king of Persia,
when the Lord God of Israel
touched-then turned Cyrusís heart
for Israelís return and fresh new start.
The reconstruction on their temple in Judea
and allowance for the captivesí return,
was financed with help of the royal treasury
and decreed by Cyrus the king,
for the people whose homeland they yearned.
He restored their templesí possessions
stolen by Nebuchadnezzarís greed.
But obstacles came, Cyrus past,
and Darius stopped the building cast,
until he found Cyrusís creed.
When read and studied,
he fell to his knees.
Then, their activity could proceed.
Many tales told
to halt success,
but with Godís intervention,
their work was blest.
Then Ahasuerus married Esther.
Her people were saved
from Hamanís hate and fester.
Artarerus I held Nehemiah as his cupbearer.
He had the tenderness of his fatherís heart,
and released Nehemiah, and earlier Ezra,
to join Israelís return and a fresh new start.
Godís remnant was radiant and jubilant.
Prosperity followed when they were obedient.
information from the book of Ezra and Nehemiah....NASB version
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