Rebuilding the Altar
When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,
the people assembled as one man in Jerusalem.
Then Jeshua son of Jozadak and his fellow priests and Zerubbabel
son of Shealtiel and his associates began to build the altar of the God
of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, in accordance with
what is written in the Law of Mose the man of God.
Despiteir fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation
and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening
Then in accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles
with the required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day.
After that they presented the regular burnt offerings, the New Moon sacrifices
and the sacrifices for all the appointed sacred feasts of the LORD,
as well as those brought as freewill offerings to the LORD.
On the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings
to the LORD though the foundation of the LORD's temple had not yet been laid.
Rebuilding the Temple
Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and gave food and drink
and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre, so that they would bring cedar logs
by sea from Lebanon to Joppa, as authorized by Cyrus king of Persia.
In the second month of the second year after their arrival at the house of God
in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Jeshua son of Jozadak and the rest
of their brothers (the priests and the Levites and all who had returned from
the captivity to Jerusalem) began to work, appointing Levites twenty years
of age and older to supervise the building of the house of the LORD.
Jeshua and his sons and brothers and Kadmiel and his sons (descendants of
Hodaviah) and the sons of Henadad and their sons and brothers -
all Levites - joined together in supervising those working on the house of God.
When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests
in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with
cymbals, took their places to praise the LORD, as prescribed by David king
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: "He is good; his love to
Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise
to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen
the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple
being laid, while many others shouted for joy.
No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping,
because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.