Ezra 3 ©

1 The altar is set up. 4 The festival and daily burnt offerings renewed. 7 Workmen employed in preparing materials for the building. 8 Under the direction of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the priests and Levites assisting, the foundation of the temple is laid amidst the rejoicing of some, and the weeping of others.


AND when the aseventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together bas one man to Jerusalem.


Then stood up 1Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and 2Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is cwritten in the law of Moses dthe man of God.


And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them be-cause of the people of those coun-tries: and they offered eburnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and evening.


They kept also the ffeast of tabernacles, gas it is written, and offered hthe daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, 3as the duty of every day required;


And afterward offered the icontinual burnt offering, both jof the new moons, and of all the kset feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and of every one that lwillingly offered a freewill offering unto the LORD.


From mthe first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But 4the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid.


They ngave money also unto the masons, and to the 5carpenters; oand *meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of pJoppa, according to the qgrant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.

o 1Ki. 5.6,9.

¶Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began rZerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from stwenty years old and upward, to *set forward the work of the house of the LORD.


Then stood tJeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of 6Judah, 7together, to *set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites.


And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they uset the priests vin their *apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with wcymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.


And they xsang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. 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.


But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, ywept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:


So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people zshouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.