The Book of Ezra Chapter 3 – New King James Version (NKJV) – Audio Bible

Chapter 3 And when the seventh month had come and The children of Israel were in the Cities The people gathered together as one man To Jerusalem Then jeshua the son of Jose and his Brethren the priests and zerubbabel the Son of shiatil and his Brethren arose And built the altar of the god of Israel To offer burnt offerings on it as it is Written in the law of Moses the man of God Though fear had come upon them because Of the people of those countries they Set the altar on its bases And they offered burnt offerings on it To the Lord both the morning and evening Burnt offerings They also kept the Feast of Tabernacles As it is written and offered the daily Burnt offerings in the number required By ordinance for each day Afterwards they offered the regular Burnt offering and those for new moons And for all the appointed feasts of the Lord that were consecrated And those of everyone who willingly Offered a free will offering to the Lord From the first day of the seventh month They began to offer burnt offerings to The Lord Although the foundation of the Temple of The Lord had not been laid

They also gave money to the Masons and The Carpenters and food drink and oil to The people of sidon and tire to bring Cedar Logs from Lebanon to the sea to Joppa according to the permission which They had from Cyrus King of Persia Now in the second month of the second Year of their coming to the house of God At Jerusalem And the rest of their Brethren the Priests and the Levites and all those Who had come out of the Captivity to Jerusalem began work and appointed the Levites from 20 years old and above to Oversee the work of the house of the Lord Then jeshua with his sons and brothers Cadmill with his sons and the sons of Judah arose as one to oversee those Working on the house of God The sons of hennedad with their sons and Their Brethren the Levites When the builders laid the foundation of The Temple of the Lord The priests stood in their apparel with Trumpets and the Levites the sons of Asaph with symbols to praise the Lord According to the ordinance of David king Of Israel And they sang responsively praising and Giving thanks to the Lord For he is good for his Mercy endures Forever toward Israel Then all the people shouted with a great

Shout when they praised the Lord because The foundation of the house of the Lord Was laid But many of the priests and Levites and Heads of the father's houses old men who Had seen the first temple wept with a Loud voice when the foundation of this Temple was laid before their eyes Yet many shouted aloud for joy 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 sound Was Heard afar off

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