Now when the seventhmonthcame, and 1the sons of Israel were in the cities, the peoplegathered together as oneman to Jerusalem.
Then 2Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests, and 3Zerubbabel the son4of Shealtiel and his brothersarose and 5built the altar of the God of Israel to offerburntofferings on it, 6as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God.
So they set up the altar on its foundation, for a7they were terrifiedbecause of the peoples of the lands; and they 8offeredburntofferings on it to the LORD, burntofferingsmorning and evening.
They celebrated the 9Feast of bBooths, 10as it is written, and offered cthe fixed number of burntofferingsdaily, 11according to the ordinance, as eachdayrequired;
and afterward there was a 12continualburntoffering, also 13for the newmoons and 14for all the fixedfestivals of the LORD that were consecrated, and from everyone who offered a freewilloffering to the LORD.
From the firstday of the seventhmonth they began to offerburntofferings to the LORD, but the foundation of the temple of the LORD had not been laid.
Then they gavemoney to the masons and carpenters, and 15food, drink and oil to the Sidonians and to the Tyrians, 16to bringcedarwood from Lebanon to the sea at 17Joppa, according to the permission they had dfrom 18Cyrusking of Persia.
Now in the secondyear of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem in the secondmonth, 19Zerubbabel 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 20appointed the Levites from twentyyears and older to oversee the work of the house of the LORD.
Then 21Jeshua with his sons and brothersstoodunited with Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of eJudah and the sons of Henadad with their sons and brothers the Levites, to oversee the workmen in the temple of God.
Now when the builders had 22laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, fthe priestsstood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD23according to the gdirections of KingDavid of Israel.
1124They sang, praising and givingthanks to the LORD, saying, "25For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israelforever." And all the peopleshouted with a greatshout when they praised the LORDbecause the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers' households, 26the oldmenwho had seen the firsthtemple, wept with a loudvoice when the foundation of thishouse was laid before their eyes, while manyshoutedaloud for joy,
so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the shout of joy from the sound of the weeping of the people, for the peopleshouted with a loudshout, and the sound was heardfaraway.