King James VersionEzra3


1 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. 2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerub­ba­bel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and build­ed the al­tar of the God of Is­rael, to of­fer burnt of­fer­ings there­on, as it is writ­ten in the law of Moses the man of God. 3 And they set the al­tar upon his bases; for fear was upon them be­cause of the peo­ple of those coun­tries: and they of­fered burnt of­fer­ings there­on unto the LORD, even burnt of­fer­ings morn­ing and evening. 4 They kept also the feast of taber­na­cles, as it is writ­ten, and offered the dai­ly burnt of­fer­ings by num­ber, ac­cord­ing to the cus­tom, as the duty of ev­ery day re­quired; 5 And af­ter­ward offered the con­tin­u­al burnt of­fer­ing, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the LORD that were con­se­crat­ed, and of ev­ery one that will­ing­ly of­fered a freewill of­fer­ing unto the LORD. 6 From the first day of the sev­enth month be­gan they to of­fer burnt of­fer­ings unto the LORD. But the foun­da­tion of the tem­ple of the LORD was not yet laid. 7 They gave mon­ey also unto the ma­sons, and to the car­pen­ters; and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zi­don, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Jop­pa, ac­cord­ing to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Per­sia. 8 Now in the sec­ond year of their com­ing unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the sec­ond month, be­gan Zerub­ba­bel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the rem­nant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the cap­tiv­i­ty unto Jerusalem; and ap­point­ed the Levites, from twen­ty years old and up­ward, to set for­ward the work of the house of the LORD. 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kad­miel and his sons, the sons of Ju­dah, to­geth­er, to set for­ward the work­men in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites. 10 And when the builders laid the foun­da­tion of the tem­ple of the LORD, they set the priests in their ap­par­el with trum­pets, and the Levites the sons of As­aph with cym­bals, to praise the LORD, af­ter the or­di­nance of David king of Is­rael. 11 And they sang to­geth­er by course in prais­ing and giv­ing thanks unto the LORD; be­cause he is good, for his mer­cy endureth for ever to­ward Is­rael. 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 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fa­thers, who were an­cient men, that had seen the first house, when the foun­da­tion of this house was laid be­fore their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shout­ed aloud for joy: 13 So that the peo­ple could not dis­cern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weep­ing of the peo­ple: for the peo­ple shout­ed with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.