Origin/Historian/Author: Persian
Source: Cuneiform Parallels to the Old Testament, Robert William Rogers
Transliterated and translated by Schrader.

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(1) his troops
(2) . . . quarters of the world
(3) . . . a weakling was established in rule over the land
(4) and . . . a similar one he appointed over them,
(5) like E-saggil he made . . . to Ur and the rest of the cities,
(6) a command dishonoring them … he planned daily and in enmity,
(7) he caused the daily offering to cease; he appointed … he established within the city. The worship of Marduk, king of the gods . . .
(8) he showed hostility toward his city daily . . . his people he brought all of them to ruin through servitude without rest.
(9) On account of their complaints the lord of the gods became furiously angry and left their land; the gods, who dwelt among them, left their homes,
(10) in anger over his bringing into Babylon. Marduk … to all the dwelling places, which had become ruins,
(11) and the people of Sumer and Akkad, who were like corpses … he turned and granted mercy. In all lands everywhere
(12) he searched, he looked through them and sought a righteous prince, after his own heart, whom he took by the hand. Cyrus, king of Anshan, he called by name, to lordship over the whole world he appointed him.
(13) The land of Qutu, all the Umman-manda, he cast down at his feet. The black-headed people, whom he gave his hands to conquer,
(14) he took them in justice and righteousness. Marduk, the great lord, looked joyously on the caring for his people, on his pious works and his righteous heart.
(15) To his city Babylon he caused him to go, he made him take the road to Babylon, going as a friend and companion at his side.
(16) His numerous troops, in number unknown, like the waters of a river, marched armed at his aide.
(17) Without battle and conflict he permitted him to enter Babylon. He spared his city Babylon a calamity. Nabonidus, the king, who did not fear him, he delivered into his hand.
(18) All the people of Babylon, of Sumer and Akkad, princes and governors, fell down before him and kissed his feet. They rejoiced in his sovereignty, their faces shone.
(19) The lord, who by his power brings the dead to life, who amid destruction and injury had protected them, they blessed him joyously, honoring his name.
(20) I am Cyrus, king of the world, the great king, the powerful king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four quarters of the world,
(21) son of Cambyses, the great king, king of the city of Anshan, grandson of Cyrus, the great king, king of the city of Anshan; great-grandson of Teispes, the great king, king of the city of Anshan;
(22) eternal seed of royalty whose rule Bel and Nabu love, whose government they rejoice in in their heart. When I made my triumphal entrance into Babylon,
(23) with joy and rejoicing I took up my lordly residence in the royal palace, Marduk, the great lord, moved the noble heart of the inhabitants of Babylon to me, while I gave daily care to his worship.
(24) My numerous troops marched peacefully into Babylon. In all Sumer and Akkad I permitted no enemy to enter.
(25) The needs of Babylon and of all its cities I gladly took heed to. The people of Babylon [and . . . ], and the dishonoring yoke was removed from them. Their dwellings,
(26) which had fallen, I restored. I cleared out their ruins. Marduk, the great lord, rejoiced in my pious deeds, and
(27) graciously blessed me, Cyrus, the king who worships him, and Cambyses, my own son, and all my troops,
(28) while we, before him, joyously praised his exalted godhead. All the kings dwelling in palaces,
(29) of all the quarters of the earth, from the Upper to the Lower sea dwelling . . . all the kings of the Westland dwelling in tents
(30) brought me their heavy tribute, and in Babylon kissed my feet. From . . . to Asshur and Susa,
(31) Agade, Eshnunak, Zamban, Meturnu, Deri, with the territory of the land of Gutium, the cities on the other side of the Tigris, whose sites were of ancient foundation —
(32) the gods, who dwelt in them, I brought them back to their places, and caused them to dwell in a habitation for all time. All their inhabitants I collected and restored them to their dwelling places.
(33) And the gods of Shumer and Akkad, whom Nabonidus, to the anger of the lord of the gods, had brought into Babylon, by command of Marduk, the great lord,
(34) I caused them peacefully to take up their dwelling in habitations that rejoiced the heart. May all the gods, whom I brought into their cities,
(35) pray daily before Bel and Nabu for long life for me, and may they speak a gracious word for me and say to Marduk, my lord, “May Cyrus, the king who worships thee, and Cambyses, his son,
(36) their … I permitted all to dwell in peace . . . birds and doves (?)

his . . . . I made strong . . .

[The remainder of the tablet affords only about nine
separated words which yield no connected meaning.]