Ezra 3:1

Rebuilding the Altar

1 When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people assembled together as one in Jerusalem.

Read Ezra 3:1 Using Other Translations

And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.
When the seventh month came, and the children of Israel were in the towns, the people gathered as one man to Jerusalem.
In early autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose.

What does Ezra 3:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezra 3:1

And when the seventh month was come
The month Tisri, which answers to part of September and October; or when it "was approaching" F16, for before it was actually come some following things were done, the people met, and an altar was built; for on the first day of it sacrifices were offered, ( Ezra 3:6 ) ,

and the children of Israel were in the cities;
their respective cities, settling their domestic affairs:

the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem;
the thing was universal, and done with as much dispatch as if only one man was concerned; and it seems to denote as if they were under a divine impulse, and came together without any consultation, or knowledge of each other's designs, and without summons.


FOOTNOTES:

F16 (egyw) "cum appropinquaret", Piscator.
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