And the elders of the Jewsbuilded , and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded , and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandmenta of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxesking of Persia.15
And thishouse was finishedon the thirdday of the monthAdar, which was in the sixthyear of the reign of Darius the king.16
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity,kept the dedication of thishouse of God with joy,17
And offered at the dedication of thishouse of God an hundredbullocks, two hundredrams,fourhundredlambs; and for a sin offeringforallIsrael,twelvehegoats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.18
And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses,for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.19
And the children of the captivitykept the passover upon the fourteenthday of the firstmonth.20
For the priests and the Levites were purifiedtogether, all of them were pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORDGod of Israel, did eat ,
And kept the feast of unleavened breadsevendays with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful , and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.