3:1 And when the seventh month had come, and the children of
Israel [were] in the cities, the people assembled themselves as
one man at 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 built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer
burnt-offerings on it as [it is] written in the law of Moses
the man of God.
3:3 And they set the altar upon its bases; for fear [was] upon
them because of the people of those countries: and they offered
burnt-offerings on it to 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
free-will-offering to the LORD.
3:6 From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer
burnt-offerings to the LORD. But the foundation of the temple
of the LORD was not [yet] laid.
3:7 They gave money also to the masons, and to the carpenters;
and provisions, and drink, and oil, to 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
3:8 Now in the second year of their coming to 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
had come out of the captivity to 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 to the LORD; because [he is] good, for his mercy
[endureth] for ever towards 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, old 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:
3:13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout
of the joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the
people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar