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Ezra 3

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 1 Now when the seventh month came and the children of Israel were in the cities, all the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem.

 2 Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren arose and built the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God.

 3 And they set the altar upon its bases, despite the fear that was upon them because of the people of those lands; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, morning and evening.

 4 They also kept the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily fixed number of burnt offerings, according to the ordinances of each day,

 5 And afterward they offered the continual burnt offering, the offering of the new moon and of all the appointed feasts of the LORD, and the offerings of everyone who willingly offered a freewill offering to the LORD.

 6  They began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD on the first day of the seventh month. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid.

 7 They also gave money to the masons and the carpenters, and gave food, drink, and oil, to those of Sidon and Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the seaport of Joppa, according to the grant that they had from Cyrus king of Persia.

 8 Now in the second month of the second year of their coming to the temple of God at Jerusalem, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the rest of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all those who had come out of the captivity to Jerusalem, began the work and appointed the Levites from twenty years old and above to oversee the work on the temple of the LORD.

 9 Then Jeshua with his sons and kinsmen united with Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, to oversee the workmen in the temple of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their kindred the Levites.

 10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

 11 And they sang together, praising and giving thanks to the LORD: "For he is good, for his mercy endures forever toward Israel." And all the people gave a great shout when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid!

 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the houses, ancient men who had seen the first temple, when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice. Though many shouted aloud for joy.

 13 So the people could not distinguish the shout of joy from the sound of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away.


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