Ezra 3

1 And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Yisrael were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).

2 Then stood up Joshua (Yeshua) the son of Yotsadak, and his brethren the priests (kohanim), and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael), to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the Torah by Moses (Mosheh) the man of God (Elohim).

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 יהוה, even burnt offerings morning and evening.

4 They kept also the 24Feast of Tabernacles (Chag Sukkot), 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 יהוה that were consecrated, and of everyone that willingly offered a freewill offering unto יהוה.

6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto יהוה. But the foundation of the temple of יהוה 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 (Yafo), 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 (Elohim) at Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua (Yeshua) the son of Yotsadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests (kohanim) and the Levites (Lewiyim), and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem (Yerushalayim); and appointed the Levites (Lewiyim), from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of יהוה.

9 Then stood Joshua (Yeshua) with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah (Yehudah), together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God (Elohim): the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites (Lewiyim).

10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of יהוה, they set the priests (kohanim) in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites (Lewiyim) the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise יהוה, after the ordinance of Dawid king of Yisrael.

11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto יהוה; because he is good, for his mercy endureth forever toward Yisrael. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised יהוה, because the foundation of the house of יהוה was laid.

12 But many of the priests (kohanim) and Levites (Lewiyim) 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.