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Ezra 3

The altar is set up.

Ezra 3:1 And when the seuenth moneth came, and the children of Israel were nowe in theyr cyties, the people came togeather (euen as one man) vnto Ierusalem. Ezra 3:2 And there stode vp Iesua þe sonne of Iosedec and his brethren the prestes, and Zorobabel the sonne of Salathiel & hys brethren, and buylded the aultar of the God of Israel, to offre burntoffrynges theron, as it is writen in the lawe of Moses þe man of God Ezra 3:3 and the aultar set they vpon hys socketes (for ther was a fearfulnes amonge them because of the nacions and landes) therfore they offered burntoffringes theron vnto the Lord in the morning & at euen.

Offerings frequented.

Ezra 3:4 And they helde the feaste of tabernacles as it is writen, & offered burnt sacrifices dayly, acording to þe nombre & custome, daye by daye. Ezra 3:5 Afterwarde they offred dayly burntoffringes also, & in þe new mones and in all the feast dayes that were consecrate vnto the Lorde, and for all them whych dyd (of their awne fre wyll) offre vnto the Lord. Ezra 3:6 From the first daye of the seuenth moneth beganne they to offre burntsacryfyces vnto the Lorde: euen whan the foundacyon of the temple of the Lord was not yet layed.

Workmen prepared.

Ezra 3:7 They gaue money also vnto þe masons and carpenters, and meate and dryncke and oyle vnto them of Zidon and of Tire, to brynge them Cedre tymbre from Libanus by see vnto Ioppa, accordyng to the graunt that they had of Cyrus the kynge of Persia.

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

Ezra 3:8 In the seconde yere of their comming vnto the place of þe house of God at Ierusalem in the second moneth, beganne Zorobabel the sonne of Salathiell, & Iesua the sonne of Iosedec, and the remnaunt of theyr brethren the prestes and leuites, and all they that were come out of the captiuyte vnto Ierusalem, & appoynted the leuytes from twentye yeare olde and aboue, to se, that the worcke of the house of the Lorde went forwarde. Ezra 3:9 And Iesua stode with his sonnes and brethren, and Cadmiell with his sonnes, and the chyldren of Iuda, to forther the worckemen of the house of God, euen the children of Henadab, with their children and their brethren the leuites. Ezra 3:10 And whan the builders layd the foundacyon of the temple of the Lorde, the preastes stode in theyr araye, with trompetes. And the leuites the chyldren of Asaph with cymbales, to prayse the Lorde after the maner of Dauid kyng of Israell. Ezra 3:11 And they sang together, whan they gaue prayse & thankes vnto the Lord, because he is gracious, and because his mercy endureth for euer vpon Israell. And all þe people shouted loude in praysyng the Lord, because the foundacion of the house of the Lorde was layde. Ezra 3:12 Many also of the preastes and leuites and auncient fathers, which had sene the first house (when the foundacion of thys house was layed before theyr eyes) wepte with a loude voyce. And many shouted with ioye, Ezra 3:13 so that the noyse gaue a greate sounde, in so moch þt the people coulde not discerne the ioyful sounde and gladnes, from the noyse of the wepynge amonge the people: for the people shouted wyth a loude cry, and the noyse was herde farre of.

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