Rebuilding the Altar
3:1 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.
3:2 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.
3:3 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.
3:4 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;
3:5 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.
3:6 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.
Rebuilding the Temple
3:7 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.
3:8 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.
3:9 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.
3:10 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.
3:11 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.
3:12 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
3:13 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.