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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Ezra 3:1-13

3  When the seventh+ month arrived the sons of Israel were in [their] cities. And the people began to gather themselves as one+ man to Jerusalem.+  And Jesh′u·a*+ the son of Je·hoz′a·dak* and his brothers the priests and Ze·rub′ba·bel+ the son of She·al′ti·el+ and his brothers proceeded to rise up and build the altar of the God of Israel, to offer up burnt sacrifices upon it, according to what is written+ in the law of Moses the man of the [true] God.*  So they established the altar firmly upon its own site,+ for fright [came] upon them* because of the peoples of the lands,*+ and they began offering up burnt sacrifices to Jehovah upon it, the burnt sacrifices of the morning and of the evening.+  Then they held the festival of booths+ according to what is written,+ with the burnt sacrifices day by day in number according to the rule of what was due each day.+  And afterward there was the constant burnt offering+ and that for the new moons+ and for all the sanctified festival+ seasons of Jehovah and for everyone that willingly offered a voluntary+ offering to Jehovah.  From the first day of the seventh month+ on they started to offer up burnt sacrifices to Jehovah, when the foundation of Jehovah’s temple* itself had not yet been laid.  And they proceeded to give money+ to the cutters+ and to the craftsmen,+ and eatables+ and drink and oil+ to the Si·do′ni·ans+ and the Tyr′i·ans,+ to bring cedar timbers from Leb′a·non+ to the sea at Jop′pa,+ according to the permission granted by Cyrus+ the king of Persia to them.  And in the second year of their coming to the house of the [true] God at Jerusalem, in the second month,+ Ze·rub′ba·bel+ the son of She·al′ti·el+ and Jesh′u·a+ the son of Je·hoz′a·dak and the rest of their brothers, the priests and the Levites, and all those who had come out of the captivity+ to Jerusalem started; and they now put in positions the Levites+ from twenty years of age upward to act as supervisors over the work of the house of Jehovah.+  Accordingly Jesh′u·a,+ his sons and his brothers, [and] Kad′mi·el and his sons, the sons of Judah,* stood up as one group to act as supervisors over the doers of the work in the house of the [true] God, [also] the sons of Hen′a·dad,+ their sons and their brothers, the Levites. 10  When the builders laid the foundation+ of the temple of Jehovah, then the priests in official clothing,+ with the trumpets,+ and the Levites the sons of A′saph,+ with the cymbals,+ stood up to praise Jehovah according to the direction+ of David the king of Israel. 11  And they began to respond by praising+ and giving thanks to Jehovah, “for he is good,+ for his loving-kindness* toward Israel is to time indefinite.”+ As for all the people, they shouted with a loud shout+ in praising Jehovah over the laying of the foundation of the house of Jehovah. 12  And many of the priests+ and the Levites and the heads of the paternal+ houses, the old men that had seen the former house,+ were weeping+ with a loud voice at the laying of the foundation+ of this house before their eyes, while many others were raising the voice in shouting for joy.+ 13  Hence the people were not distinguishing the sound of the shout of rejoicing+ from the sound of the weeping of the people, for the people were shouting with a loud shout, and the sound itself was heard even to a great distance.


“Jesus,” LXX.
“Jehozadak,” as in 1Ch 6:14, 15; Hag 1:1, 12, 14; Hag 2:2, 4; Zec 6:11. Lit., “Jozadak.”
“The man of the [true] God.” Heb., ʼish-ha·ʼElo·him′. See App 1F.
Lit., “for [it was] with fright upon them,” M.
“For [it was] with enmity against them from the peoples of the lands,” by a slight correction of M.
“When . . . temple.” Heb., weheh·khal′; Lat., tem′plum. See Mt 23:16 ftn.
“Hodaviah” in 2:40; in Ne 7:43, “Hodevah.”
Or, “loyal love.”