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Ezra 3:1-13

Rebuilding the Altar

1When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people assembled together as one in Jerusalem. 2Then Joshua son of Jozadak and his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and his associates began to build the altar of the God of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, in accordance with what is written in the Law of Moses the man of God. 3Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices. 4Then in accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles with the required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day. 5After that, they presented the regular burnt offerings, the New Moon sacrifices and the sacrifices for all the appointed sacred festivals of the Lord, as well as those brought as freewill offerings to the Lord. 6On the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, though the foundation of the Lord’s temple had not yet been laid.

Rebuilding the Temple

7Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and gave food and drink and olive oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre, so that they would bring cedar logs by sea from Lebanon to Joppa, as authorized by Cyrus king of Persia.

8In the second month of the second year after their arrival at the house of God in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak and the rest of the people (the priests and the Levites and all who had returned from the captivity to Jerusalem) began the work. They appointed Levites twenty years old and older to supervise the building of the house of the Lord. 9Joshua and his sons and brothers and Kadmiel and his sons (descendants of Hodaviah3:9 Hebrew Yehudah, a variant of Hodaviah) and the sons of Henadad and their sons and brothers—all Levites—joined together in supervising those working on the house of God.

10When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. 11With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:

“He is good;

his love toward Israel endures forever.”

And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 13No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Ɛsra 3:1-13

Wɔsan Si Afɔremuka No

1Ɔsram a ɛto so ason mfiase a Israelfo abɔ atenase wɔ wɔn nkurow mu no, nnipa no nyinaa hyiaa sɛ nnipa koro wɔ Yerusalem. 2Na Yosadak babarima Yesua ne ne mfɛfo asɔfo ne Sealtiel babarima Serubabel ne nʼabusuafo fii ase siesiee Israel Nyankopɔn afɔremuka no, sɛnea wobetumi abɔ ɔhyew afɔre wɔ so, sɛnea wɔahyɛ wɔ Mose a ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn nipa no mmara mu no. 3Ɛwɔ mu sɛ na nkurɔfo no suro amannifo a wɔtete hɔ no de, nanso wɔsan sii afɔremuka no wɔ ne dedaw mu hɔ. Ɛhɔ ara na wofii ase bɔɔ ɔhyew afɔre maa Awurade. Wɔyɛɛ saa anɔpa ne anwummere biara. 4Wodii Asese Afahyɛ no sɛnea wɔakyerɛ wɔ Mose mmara nhoma no mu no, na wɔbɔɔ ɔhyew afɔre, sɛnea afahyɛ da biara de te no. 5Ɛno akyi no, wɔbɔɔ daa ɔhyew afɔre no ne afɔre a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔbɔ ma Ɔsram Foforo Afahyɛ no ne mfe ahorow afahyɛ de maa Awurade. Na nnipa no bɔɔ ɔpɛ pa mu afɔre nso de maa Awurade. 6Aka nnaawɔtwe abien na Guankɔbea Afahyɛ no adu so no, asɔfo no fii ase bɔɔ ɔhyew afɔre maa Awurade. Wofii eyi nso ase ansa na wɔreto Awurade asɔredan no fapem.

7Na wɔbɔɔ adansifo ne nnuadwumfo paa na wɔtɔɔ sida nnua fi Tirofo ne Sidonfo nkyɛn, na wɔde nnuan, nsa ne ngo tuaa wɔn ka. Wɔde nnua no fi Lebanon mmepɔw so guu po ani baa Yopa, a na ɔhene Kores ama ho kwan.

8Wofii Onyankopɔn asɔredan no si ase wɔ ɔsram a ɛto so abien mu afe a ɛto so abien fi bere a wokoduu Yerusalem no. Wɔn a wofi asutwa mu bae no nyinaa yɛɛ ho adwumayɛfo a Sealtiel babarima Serubabel, Yosadak babarima Yesua ne ne mfɛfo asɔfo ne Lewifo nyinaa nso ka ho. Lewifo a na wɔadi mfe aduonu ne wɔn a wɔboro saa no na wɔde Awurade asɔredan no asiesie hyɛɛ wɔn nsa. 9Yesua ne ne mmabarima ne nʼabusuafo ne Kadmiel ne ne mmabarima ne Hodawia asefo nyinaa na wɔde Onyankopɔn asɔredan ho adwumayɛfo hyɛɛ wɔn nsa sɛ wɔnhwɛ wɔn so. Henadad abusuafo Lewifo na wɔboaa hwɛɛ saa dwumadi yi so.

10Bere a adansifo no wiee Awurade asɔredan no fapem no, asɔfo no hyɛɛ wɔn asɔfotade, kɔtenaa wɔn tenabea, hyɛn wɔn ntorobɛnto. Na Asaf asefo Lewifo no bɔɔ wɔn kyɛnkyɛn, de kamfoo Awurade sɛnea na ɔhene Dawid ahyɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ. 11Wɔde nkamfo ne aseda too saa dwom yi maa Awurade se:

“Oye,

Na nʼadɔe wɔ hɔ daa ma Israel afebɔɔ!”

Na ɔmanfo no nyinaa teɛɛ mu ahoɔden so, de kamfoo Awurade, efisɛ Awurade asɔredan fapem no, wɔato. 12Asɔfo mpanyimfo no bebree, Lewifo ne ntuanofo no kaee asɔredan a edi kan no, sui bere a wohuu asɔredan foforo no fapem a wɔato no. Na afoforo nso teɛteɛɛ mu anigye so. 13Anigye nteɛteɛmu ne osu a adi afra no ano yɛɛ den, na nnipa tee wɔ akyirikyiri.