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Ezra 3

The altar is set up.

Ezra 3:1 And whan the seuenth moneth came, and the children of Israel were now in their cities, the people came together euen as one man, vnto Ierusalem. Ezra 3:2 And there stode vp Iesua the sonne of Iosedec and his brethren the prestes, and Zorobabel the sonne of Saalthiel and his brethren, and buylded the altare of the God of Israel, to offre burntofferynges theron, as it is wrytten in the lawe of Moses the man of God, Ezra 3:3 and the altare set they vpon his sokettes (for there was a fearfulnes amonge them because of the nacions and lodes) and offred burntofferinges theron vnto ye LORDE in the mornynge and at euen.

Offerings frequented.

Ezra 3:4 And helde the feast of Tabernacles as it is wrytten, and offred burntsacrifices daylie after the nombre as acordinge was, euery daye his sacrifice. Ezra 3:5 Afterwarde the daylie burntofferynges also, and of the new Mones and of all the feast dayes of the LORDE that were halowed, and allmaner of fre wyllinge offeringes, which they did of their awne fre wyl vnto the LORDE. Ezra 3:6 Vpon the first daye of the seuenth moneth beganne they to offre burnt sacrifices vnto the LORDE. But the foundacion of the teple of the LORDE was not yet layed.

Workmen prepared.

Ezra 3:7 Neuertheles they gaue money vnto ye masons and carpenters, and meate and drynke and oyle vnto them of Zidon and of Tyre, to brynge the Cedre tymbre from Libanus by See vnto Ioppa, acordinge to the comaundement of Cyrus the kynge of Persia.

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

Ezra 3:8 In the seconde yeare of their commynge vnto the house of God at Ierusalem in the seconde moneth, beganne Zorobabel the sonne of Salathiel, and Iesua the sonne of Iosedec, and the remnaunt of their brethren the prestes and Leuites, and all they that were come out of the captiuyte vnto Ierusalem, and appoynted the Leuites fro twentye yeare olde and aboue, to se that the worke of the house of the LORDE wete forwarde. Ezra 3:9 And Iesua stode with his sonnes and brethren, and Cadmiel with his sonnes, and the children of Iuda, to furthur the workmen of the house of God, namely the childre of Henadad with their children and their brethren the Leuites. Ezra 3:10 And whan the buylders layed the foundacion of the temple of the LORDE, the prestes stode in their araye, with trompettes. And the Leuites the children of Asaph with Cimbales, to prayse ye LORDE with the Dytie of Dauid kynge of Israel. Ezra 3:11 And they sunge together, geuynge prayse & thankes vnto ye LORDE, because he is gracious, and because his mercy endureth for euer vpon Israell. And all the people shouted loude in praysinge the LORDE, because the foundacion of ye house of the LORDE was layed. Ezra 3:12 Neuertheles many of the olde prestes and Leuites and awncient fathers, which had sene the house afore in his foundacion, and this was now before their eyes, wepte loude. But many shouted with ioye, Ezra 3:13 so that the noyse gaue a greate sounde, in so moch that the people coulde not knowe ye ioyfull sounde for the noyse of the wepinge in the people: for the people shouted loude, so that the noyse was herde farre of.

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