Ezra 3:1-9 NLT

1 Now in early autumn, a when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled together as one person in Jerusalem.

References for Ezra 3:1

    • k 3:1 - Hebrew <I>in the seventh month.</I> The year is not specific, so it may have been during Cyrus's first year (538 <MS>B.C.</I>) or second year (537 <MS>B.C.</I>). The seventh month of the Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in September/October 538 <MS>B.C.</I> and October/November 537 <MS>B.C.</I>
      2 Then Jeshua son of Jehozadak b with his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel with his family began to rebuild the altar of the God of Israel so they could sacrifice burnt offerings on it, as instructed in the law of Moses, the man of God.

      References for Ezra 3:2

        • l 3:2 - Hebrew <I>Jozadak,</I> a variant name for Jehozadak; also in 3:8.
          3 Even though the people were afraid of the local residents, they rebuilt the altar at its old site. Then they immediately began to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar to the LORD. They did this each morning and evening.
          4 They celebrated the Festival of Shelters as prescribed in the law of Moses, sacrificing the burnt offerings specified for each day of the festival.
          5 They also offered the regular burnt offerings and the offerings required for the new moon celebrations and the other annual festivals to the LORD. Freewill offerings were also sacrificed to the LORD by the people.
          6 Fifteen days before the Festival of Shelters began, c the priests had begun to sacrifice burnt offerings to the LORD. This was also before they had started to lay the foundation of the LORD's Temple.

          References for Ezra 3:6

            • m 3:6 - Hebrew <I>On the first day of the seventh month.</I> This day of the Hebrew lunar calendar occurs in September or October. The Festival of Shelters began on the fifteenth day of the seventh month.
              7 Then they hired masons and carpenters and bought cedar logs from the people of Tyre and Sidon, paying them with food, wine, and olive oil. The logs were brought down from the Lebanon mountains and floated along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Joppa, for King Cyrus had given permission for this.
              8 The construction of the Temple of God began in midspring, d during the second year after they arrived in Jerusalem. The work force was made up of everyone who had returned from exile, including Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Jeshua son of Jehozadak and his fellow priests, and all the Levites. The Levites who were twenty years old or older were put in charge of rebuilding the LORD's Temple.

              References for Ezra 3:8

                • n 3:8 - Hebrew <I>in the second month.</I> This month of the Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in April and May 536 <MS>B.C.</I>
                  9 The workers at the Temple of God were supervised by Jeshua with his sons and relatives, and Kadmiel and his sons, all descendants of Hodaviah. e They were helped in this task by the Levites of the family of Henadad.

                  References for Ezra 3:9

                    • o 3:9 - Hebrew <I>sons of Judah</I> (i.e., <I>bene Yehudah</I>). <I>Bene</I> might also be read here as the proper name Binnui; <I>Yehudah</I> is probably another name for Hodaviah. Compare 2:40; Neh 7:43; 1 Esdras 5:58.