Ezra 3

CHAPTER 3

Israel Observes the Holidays

And [4came 1the 3month 2seventh], and the sons of Israel were in their cities, and [3were brought together 1the 2people] as [2man 1one] unto Jerusalem. And [5rose up 1Jeshua 2the 3son of 4Jozadak], and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and they built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer upon it whole burnt-offerings according as written in the law of Moses, the man of God. And they prepared the altar upon its preparation place, but terror was upon them, because of the peoples of the lands. And they brought unto it the whole burnt-offerings, to the  lord in the morning, and in the evening. And they observed the holiday of the tents, according to the thing being written, and the whole burnt-offerings day by day in number, according to the distinguishing manner of the reckoning day by day for it. And after this [3whole burnt-offering 1the 2perpetual], and for the new moons, and for all holidays to the  lord were sanctified, and for every willing voluntary offering to the  lord. On day one of the [2month 1seventh] they began to offer whole burnt-offerings to the  lord. But the house of the  lord was not laid of a foundation. And they gave money to the quarriers, and to the fabricators; and food, and drink, and olive oil to the Sidonians, and to the Tyrians, to bring forth wood of cedars from Lebanon by sea to Joppa, by the decree of Cyrus king of the Persians, concerning this. And in the [2year 1second] of their coming into the house of the  lord God, the one in Jerusalem, in [3month 1the 2second], [5began 1Zerubbabel 2the 3son of 4Shealtiel], and Jeshua the son of Jozadek, and the rest of their brethren, the priests, and the Levites, and all the ones coming from the captivity into Jerusalem, and they established the Levites from twenty years and up, to bring success upon the ones doing the works in the house of the  lord. And Jeshua stood and his sons, and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah over the ones doing the works in the house of God; the sons of Henadad, their sons and their brethren the Levites.

The Foundation of the House is Laid

10 And [3laid a foundation 1the 2ones building] to build the house of the  lord. And [3stood 1the 2priests] being robed with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the  lord by the hands of David king of Israel. 11 And they answered in praise and confession to the  lord, saying That he is good, that into the eon is his mercy upon Israel. And all the people shouted [2voice 1a great] in the praising the  lord at the groundwork of the house of the  lord. 12 And many from the priests, and the Levites, and rulers of the families -- the elders, the ones who beheld the [2house 1first] on its groundwork, and this house with their eyes, wept [2sound 1a great], and many with a shout with gladness to raise up high a sound. 13 And [4not 3were 1the 2people] recognizing the sound of the cheering of gladness from the sound of the weeping of the people; for the people cried out [2sound 1with a great], and the voice was heard even from far off.
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