15 This [a]temple was completed [b]on the third day of the (A)month Adar; it was the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.

16 And the sons of Israel, the priests, the Levites and the rest of the [c]exiles, (B)celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. 17 They offered for the dedication of this temple of God 100 bulls, 200 rams, 400 lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel (C)12 male goats, corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18 Then they appointed the priests to (D)their divisions and the Levites in (E)their orders for the service of God [d]in Jerusalem, (F)as it is written in the book of Moses.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 6:15 Lit house
  2. Ezra 6:15 Lit until
  3. Ezra 6:16 Lit sons of the captivity
  4. Ezra 6:18 Lit which is in

Dedication of the Wall

27 Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs (A)to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps and lyres.

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