NASB — Ezra 3 — KJV

Altar and Sacrifices Restored

1 Now when the seventh month came, and athe sons of Israel [were] in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then aJeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests, and bZerubbabel the son cof Shealtiel and his brothers arose and dbuilt the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings on it, eas it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God. 3 So they set up the altar on its foundation, for Iathey were terrified because of the peoples of the lands; and they boffered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, burnt offerings morning and evening. 4 They celebrated the aFeast of IBooths, bas it is written, and [offered] IIthe fixed number of burnt offerings daily, caccording to the ordinance, as each day required; 5 and afterward [there was] a acontinual burnt offering, also bfor the new moons and cfor all the fixed festivals of the LORD that were consecrated, and from everyone who offered a freewill offering to the LORD. 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 had not been laid. 7 Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and afood, drink and oil to the Sidonians and to the Tyrians, bto bring cedar wood from Lebanon to the sea at cJoppa, according to the permission they had Ifrom dCyrus king of Persia.

[1] aNe 7:73; 8:1
[2] aNe 12:1, 8 bEzr 2:2; Hg 1:1; 2:2 c1Ch 3:17 dEx 27:1 eDt 12:5, 6
[3] ILit terror was upon them aEzr 4:4 bNu 28:2
[4] IOr Tabernacles IILit by number aNe 8:14; Zc 14:16 bEx 23:16 cNu 29:12
[5] aEx 29:38; Nu 28:3 bNu 28:11 cNu 29:39
[7] ILit of a2Ch 2:10; Ac 12:20 b2Ch 2:16 cAc 9:36 dEzr 1:2; 6:3

Temple Restoration Begun

8 ¶ Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem in the second month, aZerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak and the rest of their brothers the priests and the Levites, and all who came from the captivity to Jerusalem, began [the work] and bappointed the Levites from twenty years and older to oversee the work of the house of the LORD. 9 Then aJeshua [with] his sons and brothers stood united [with] Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of IJudah [and] the sons of Henadad [with] their sons and brothers the Levites, to oversee the workmen in the temple of God.

[8] aEzr 3:2; 4:3 b1Ch 23:4, 24
[9] IIn Ezr 2:40, Hodaviah aEzr 2:40

10 ¶ Now when the builders had alaid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, Ithe priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD baccording to the IIdirections of King David of Israel. 11 aThey sang, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, [saying], “bFor He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever.” 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 Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ [households], athe old men who had seen the first Itemple, 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.

[10] ISo with the Gr and some mss; M.T. they set the priests IILit hands aZc 4:6-10 b1Ch 6:31; 25:1
[11] a2Ch 7:3; Ne 12:24, 40 b1Ch 16:34; 2Ch 5:13; Ps 100:5; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 131:1; Jr 33:11
[12] ILit house aHg 2:3


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The altar is set up.

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.

[1] Ex 23:14; Lv 16:29; 23:24, 27; Nu 29:1; Jg 20:1; Ne 8:1, 2, 14; Zp 3:9; Ac 2:46; 4:32; 1Co 1:10.
[2] Ex 20:24; Nu 28:3; Dt 12:5; 1Ch 3:17, 19; 2Ch 6:6; Ezr 2:2; Ps 78:68; Hg 1:1, 12, 14; 2:2, 21, 23; Zc 3:1, 8; 4:6; 6:11; Mt 1:12; Lk 3:27.
[3] Ex 29:38; Nu 28:2; 2Ch 4:1; Ezr 4:11; 8:21; Ps 27:1; 56:2.

Offerings frequented.

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.

[4] Ex 5:13; 23:16; 29:38; Lv 23:34; Nu 29:12; Ne 8:14; Jr 52:34; Zc 14:16; Jn 7:2, 37.
[5] Ex 29:38; Lv 1:3; Nu 28:3, 11, 19, 27; 29:2, 8, 13; Dt 12:6, 17; 2Ch 29:31.

Workmen prepared.

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.

[7] 1K 5:6, 9; 2K 12:11; 22:5; 2Ch 2:10, 16; 24:12; Ezr 6:3; Ezk 27:17; Jna 1:3; Ac 9:36; 10:5; 12:20.

The foundations of the Temple are laid in great joy and mourning.

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.

[8] Nu 4:3; 1Ch 23:24; Ezr 3:2.
[9] Ezr 2:40; Ne 7:43.
[10] Ex 28:40; Nu 10:1; 1S 22:18; 1Ch 6:31, 39; 15:24, 27; 16:4, 5, 37, 42; 23:5; 25:1; 2Ch 29:25; 35:15; Ne 12:24; Zc 4:10.
[11] Ex 15:21; Jsh 6:5, 10, 16; 1Ch 16:34, 41; 2Ch 7:3; Ne 12:24, 40; Ps 24:7; 47:1, 5; 102:13; 103:17; 106:1; 107:1; 135:3; 136:1; 145:1; Is 6:3; 12:6; 44:23; Jr 33:11; Zc 9:9; Lk 1:50; Rv 21:10.
[12] Jb 8:7; Ps 126:6; Is 41:14; 60:22; Jr 31:8; Dn 2:34; Hg 2:3; Zc 4:10; Mt 13:31.
[13] Ex 32:17; Jg 2:5; 1S 4:5; 1K 1:40, 45; Ne 12:43; Ps 5:11; 100:1; Jr 33:11; Hg 2:1; Zc 4:7; Lk 19:37.


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