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Restoration of the Temple Begins

Now in the second month of the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, (A)Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, Jeshua the son of [a]Jozadak, 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 (B)and appointed the Levites from twenty years old and above to oversee the work of the house of the Lord. Then Jeshua with his sons and brothers, Kadmiel with his sons, and the sons of [b]Judah, arose as one to oversee those working on the house of God: the sons of Henadad with their sons and their brethren the Levites.

10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, (C)the[c] priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the (D)ordinance[d] of David king of Israel.

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  1. Ezra 3:8 Jehozadak, 1 Chr. 6:14
  2. Ezra 3:9 Hodaviah, Ezra 2:40
  3. Ezra 3:10 So with LXX, Syr., Vg.; MT they stationed the priests
  4. Ezra 3:10 Lit. hands

16 Then the same Sheshbazzar came and (A)laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem; but from that time even until now it has been under construction, and (B)it is not finished.”

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18 ‘Consider now from this day forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from (A)the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid—consider it:

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