Altar and Sacrifices Restored1Now when the seventh month came, and a the sons of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. 2Then b Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests, and c Zerubbabel the son d of Shealtiel and his brothers arose and e built the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings on it, f as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God. 3So they set up the altar on its foundation, for ▼
▼ Lit terror was upon them, h they were terrified because of the peoples of the lands; and they i offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, burnt offerings morning and evening. 4They celebrated the j Feast of ▼
▼ Or TabernaclesBooths l as it is written, and offered ▼
▼ Lit by numberthe fixed number of burnt offerings daily n according to the ordinance, as each day required; 5and afterward there was a o continual burnt offering, also p for the new moons and q for all the fixed festivals of the Lord that were consecrated, and from everyone who offered a freewill offering to the Lord. 6From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, but the foundation of the temple of the Lord had not been laid. 7Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and r food, drink and oil to the Sidonians and to the Tyrians s to bring cedar wood from Lebanon to the sea at t Joppa, according to the permission they had ▼
▼ Lit offrom v Cyrus king of Persia.
Temple Restoration Begun8Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem in the second month w Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak and the rest of their brothers the priests and the Levites, and all who came from the captivity to Jerusalem, began the work and x appointed the Levites from twenty years and older to oversee the work of the house of the Lord. 9Then y Jeshua with his sons and brothers stood united with Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of ▼
▼ In Ezr.2.40, HodaviahJudah and the sons of Henadad with their sons and brothers the Levites, to oversee the workmen in the temple of God. 10Now when the builders had aa laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord ▼
▼ So with the Gr and some mss; M.T. they set the prieststhe priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord ac according to the ▼
▼ Lit handsdirections of King David of Israel. 11 ae They sang, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, saying af “For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households ag the old men who had seen the first ▼
▼ Lit housetemple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many shouted aloud for joy, 13so that the people could not distinguish the sound of 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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