Ezra 3 (New American Standard)

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Altar and Sacrifices Restored

1 Now when the seventh month came, and 1the sons of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then 2Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests, and 3Zerubbabel the son 4of Shealtiel and his brothers arose and 5built the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings on it, 6as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God. 3 So they set up the altar on its foundation, for a7they were terrified because of the peoples of the lands; and they 8offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, burnt offerings morning and evening. 4 They celebrated the 9Feast of bBooths, 10as it is written, and offered cthe fixed number of burnt offerings daily, 11according to the ordinance, as each day required; 5 and afterward there was a 12continual burnt offering, also 13for the new moons and 14for all the fixed festivals of the LORD that were consecrated, and from everyone who offered a freewill offering to the LORD. 6 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 had not been laid. 7 Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and 15food, drink and oil to the Sidonians and to the Tyrians, 16to bring cedar wood from Lebanon to the sea at 17Joppa, according to the permission they had dfrom 18Cyrus king of Persia.

Temple Restoration Begun

8 Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem in the second month, 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 twenty years and older to oversee the work of the house of the LORD. 9 Then 21Jeshua with his sons and brothers stood united 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. 10 Now when the builders had 22laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, fthe priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD 23according to the gdirections of King David of Israel. 11 24They sang, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, saying, "25For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever." 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. 12 Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers' households, 26the old men who had seen the first htemple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many shouted aloud for joy, 13 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 people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away.
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