When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,1 the people assembled2 as one man in Jerusalem.
Then Jeshua3 son of Jozadak4 and his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel5 and his associates began to build the altar of the God of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, in accordance with what is written in the Law of Moses6 the man of God.
Despite their fear7 of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening sacrifices.8
Then in accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles9 with the required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day.
After that, they presented the regular burnt offerings, the New Moon10 sacrifices and the sacrifices for all the appointed sacred feasts of the LORD,11 as well as those brought as freewill offerings to the LORD.
On the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, though the foundation of the LORD's temple had not yet been laid.
Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters,12 and gave food and drink and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre, so that they would bring cedar logs13 by sea from Lebanon14 to Joppa, as authorized by Cyrus15 king of Persia.
In the second month16 of the second year after their arrival at the house of God in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel17 son of Shealtiel, Jeshua son of Jozadak and the rest of their brothers (the priests and the Levites and all who had returned from the captivity to Jerusalem) began the work, appointing Levites twenty18 years of age and older to supervise the building of the house of the LORD.
Jeshua19 and his sons and brothers and Kadmiel and his sons (descendants of Hodaviah ) and the sons of Henadad and their sons and brothers--all Levites--joined together in supervising those working on the house of God.