Ezra 1:1; Ezra 3:12-13; Ezra 10:7; Ezra 10:12

1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying:
12 Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers' households, the old men who had seen the first temple, 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.
7 They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles , that they should assemble at Jerusalem,
12 Then all the assembly replied with a loud voice, "That's right! As you have said, so it is our duty to do.
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