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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.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Ɛsra 3:1-13

Wɔsane Si Afɔrebukyia No

1Bosome a ɛtɔ so nson ahyɛaseɛ a Israelfoɔ abɔ atenaseɛ wɔ wɔn nkuro mu no, nnipa no nyinaa hyiaa sɛ nnipa korɔ wɔ Yerusalem. 2Na Yosadak babarima Yesua ne nʼafɛfoɔ asɔfoɔ ne Sealtiel babarima Serubabel ne nʼabusuafoɔ hyɛɛ aseɛ siesiee Israel Onyankopɔn afɔrebukyia no, sɛdeɛ wɔbɛtumi abɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔdeɛ wɔ so, sɛdeɛ wɔahyɛ wɔ Mose a ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn onipa no mmara mu no. 3Ɛwom sɛ na nkurɔfoɔ no suro amannifoɔ a wɔtete hɔ no deɛ, nanso wɔsane sii afɔrebukyia no wɔ ne dada mu hɔ. Ɛhɔ ara na wɔhyɛɛ aseɛ bɔɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔdeɛ maa Awurade. Wɔyɛɛ saa anɔpa ne anwummerɛ biara. 4Wɔdii Asese Afahyɛ no sɛdeɛ wɔakyerɛ wɔ Mose mmara nwoma no mu no, na wɔbɔɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔdeɛ, sɛdeɛ afahyɛ da biara deɛ teɛ no. 5Afei, wɔbɔɔ daa ɔhyeɛ afɔdeɛ no ne afɔdeɛ a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔbɔ ma Ɔbosome Foforɔ Afahyɛ no ne mfeɛ ahodoɔ afahyɛ de maa Awurade. Na nnipa no bɔɔ ɔpɛ pa mu afɔdeɛ nso de maa Awurade. 6Aka dadu nnanum na Dwanekɔbea Afahyɛ no aduru so no, asɔfoɔ no hyɛɛ aseɛ bɔɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔdeɛ maa Awurade. Wɔhyɛɛ yei nso ase ansa na wɔreto Awurade asɔredan no fapem.

7Na wɔbɔɔ adansifoɔ ne nnua adwumfoɔ paa na wɔtɔɔ ntweneduro nnua firi Tirofoɔ ne Sidonfoɔ nkyɛn, na wɔde nnuane, nsã ne ngo tuaa wɔn ka. Wɔde nnua no firi Lebanon mmepɔ so guu Ɛpo Kɛseɛ ani baa Yopa, a na ɔhene Kores ama ho ɛkwan.

8Wɔhyɛɛ Onyankopɔn asɔredan no sie ase wɔ bosome a ɛtɔ so mmienu mu wɔ afeɛ a ɛtɔ so mmienu firi ɛberɛ a wɔkɔduruu Yerusalem no. Wɔn a wɔfiri asutwa mu baeɛ no nyinaa yɛɛ ho adwumayɛfoɔ a Sealtiel babarima Serubabel, Yosadak babarima Yesua ne ne mfɛfoɔ asɔfoɔ ne Lewifoɔ nyinaa nso ka ho. Lewifoɔ a na wɔadi mfeɛ aduonu ne wɔn a wɔboro saa no na wɔde Awurade asɔredan no nsiesie hyɛɛ wɔn nsa. 9Yesua ne ne mmammarima ne nʼabusuafoɔ ne Kadmiel ne ne mmammarima ne Hodawia asefoɔ nyinaa na wɔde Onyankopɔn asɔredan ho adwumayɛfoɔ hyɛɛ wɔn nsa sɛ, wɔnhwɛ wɔn so. Henadad abusuafoɔ Lewifoɔ na wɔboaa wɔn saa dwumadie yi mu.

10Ɛberɛ a adansifoɔ no wiee Awurade asɔredan no fapem no, asɔfoɔ no hyɛɛ wɔn asɔfotadeɛ, kɔtenaa wɔn tenaberɛ, hyɛnee wɔn totorobɛnto. Na Asaf asefoɔ Lewifoɔ no bɔɔ wɔn kyankyan de kamfoo Awurade sɛdeɛ na ɔhene Dawid ahyɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ. 11Wɔde nkamfoɔ ne aseda too saa dwom yi maa Awurade sɛ:

“Ɔyɛ,

Na nʼadɔeɛ wɔ hɔ daa ma Israel afebɔɔ!”

Na ɔmanfoɔ no nyinaa teaam ahoɔden so, de kamfoo Awurade, ɛfiri sɛ, Awurade asɔredan fapem no, wɔato. 12Asɔfoɔ mpanimfoɔ no bebree ne Lewifoɔ ne ntuanofoɔ no kaee asɔredan a ɛdi ɛkan no, wɔsuiɛ ɛberɛ a wɔhunuu asɔredan foforɔ no fapem a wɔato no. Na afoforɔ nso teateaam anigyeɛ so. 13Anigyeɛ nteateamu ne osu a ɛne no adi afra no, ano yɛɛ den, na nnipa tee no akyirikyiri.