Then arose Jeshua the son of Jozadak, with his fellow priests, and 2Zerubbabel the son of 3Shealtiel with his kinsmen, and they built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, 4as it is written in the Law of Moses the 5man of God.
From 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 was not yet laid.
So they gave money to the masons and the carpenters, 13and food, drink, and oil to the Sidonians and the Tyrians 14to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, 15according to the grant that they had from Cyrus king of Persia.
Now in the second year after their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, 16Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and 17Jeshua the son of Jozadak made a beginning, together with the rest of their kinsmen, the priests and the Levites and all who had come to Jerusalem from the captivity. They 18appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to 19supervise the work of the house of the LORD.
And 20Jeshua with his sons and his brothers, and Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together 21supervised the workmen in the house of God, along with the 22sons of Henadad and the Levites, their sons and brothers.
And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests in their vestments came forward with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD, 23according to the directions of David king of Israel.
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, 24"For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever 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 heads of fathers' houses, 25old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy,