Ezra 6:16

Overview - Ezra 6
Darius, finding the decree of Cyrus, makes a new decree for the advancement of the building.
13 By the help of Tatnai and Shethar-boznai, according to the decree, the temple is finished.
16 The feast of the dedication is kept;
19 and the passover.
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Ezra 6:16  (King James Version)
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

the children
1 Chronicles 9:2 ; Nehemiah 7:73

children of the captivity
Chal. sons of the transportation.

the dedication
1 Kings 8:63 ; 2 Chronicles 7:5 2 Chronicles 7:9 ; John 10:22

with joy
22 ; Ezra 3:11 Ezra 3:12 Deuteronomy 12:7 ; 1 Chronicles 15:28 ; 2 Chronicles 7:10 ; 2 Chronicles 30:23 2 Chronicles 30:26 Nehemiah 8:10 ; 12:43
Psalms 122:1 ; Philippians 4:4
Having set up the worship of God in this dedication, they took care to keep it up, and made the book of Moses their rule, to which they had an eye in this establishment. Though the temple service could not now be performed with so much pomp and plenty as formerly, because of their poverty, yet no doubt it was performed with as much purity and close adherence to the Divine institutions as ever. No beauty is like the beauty of holiness.