Read the Bible | June 12th
The Proclamation of Cyrus
 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:
 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.  Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and 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.  And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.”
 Then rose up the heads of the fathers' houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem.  And all who were about them aided them with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, with beasts, and with costly wares, besides all that was freely offered.  Cyrus the king also brought out the vessels of the house of the LORD that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed in the house of his gods.  Cyrus king of Persia brought these out in the charge of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.  And this was the number of them: 30 basins of gold, 1,000 basins of silver, 29 censers,  30 bowls of gold, 410 bowls of silver, and 1,000 other vessels;  all the vessels of gold and of silver were 5,400. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up, when the exiles were brought up from Babylonia to Jerusalem. (ESV)
The Exiles Return
 Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town.  They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.
The number of the men of the people of Israel:  the sons of Parosh, 2,172.  The sons of Shephatiah, 372.  The sons of Arah, 775.  The sons of Pahath-moab, namely the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,812.  The sons of Elam, 1,254.  The sons of Zattu, 945.  The sons of Zaccai, 760.  The sons of Bani, 642.  The sons of Bebai, 623.  The sons of Azgad, 1,222.  The sons of Adonikam, 666.  The sons of Bigvai, 2,056.  The sons of Adin, 454.  The sons of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, 98.  The sons of Bezai, 323.  The sons of Jorah, 112.  The sons of Hashum, 223.  The sons of Gibbar, 95.  The sons of Bethlehem, 123.  The men of Netophah, 56.  The men of Anathoth, 128.  The sons of Azmaveth, 42.  The sons of Kiriath-arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, 743.  The sons of Ramah and Geba, 621.  The men of Michmas, 122.  The men of Bethel and Ai, 223.  The sons of Nebo, 52.  The sons of Magbish, 156.  The sons of the other Elam, 1,254.  The sons of Harim, 320.  The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 725.  The sons of Jericho, 345.  The sons of Senaah, 3,630.
 The priests: the sons of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, 973.  The sons of Immer, 1,052.  The sons of Pashhur, 1,247.  The sons of Harim, 1,017.
 The Levites: the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodaviah, 74.  The singers: the sons of Asaph, 128.  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, and the sons of Shobai, in all 139.
 The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,  the sons of Keros, the sons of Siaha, the sons of Padon,  the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah, the sons of Akkub,  the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shamlai, the sons of Hanan,  the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, the sons of Reaiah,  the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, the sons of Gazzam,  the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, the sons of Besai,  the sons of Asnah, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephisim,  the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,  the sons of Bazluth, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,  the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah,  the sons of Neziah, and the sons of Hatipha.
 The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Hassophereth, the sons of Peruda,  the sons of Jaalah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,  the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, and the sons of Ami.
 All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon's servants were 392.
 The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, though they could not prove their fathers' houses or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel:  the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, and the sons of Nekoda, 652.  Also, of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, and the sons of Barzillai (who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name).  These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but they were not found there, and so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean.  The governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food, until there should be a priest to consult Urim and Thummim.
 The whole assembly together was 42,360,  besides their male and female servants, of whom there were 7,337, and they had 200 male and female singers.  Their horses were 736, their mules were 245,  their camels were 435, and their donkeys were 6,720.
 Some of the heads of families, when they came to the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem, made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site.  According to their ability they gave to the treasury of the work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver, and 100 priests' garments.
 Now the priests, the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants lived in their towns, and all the rest of Israel in their towns. (ESV)
 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.  Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,  and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;  for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  Then the disciples went back to their homes.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.  They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”  Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).  Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
Jesus and Thomas
 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of This Book
 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;  but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)