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.
1到了七月，以色列人已安居各城，他们万众一心地聚集在耶路撒冷。 2约萨达的儿子耶书亚及其他祭司、撒拉铁的儿子所罗巴伯及其亲属，一起重新筑造以色列上帝的祭坛，为要照上帝的仆人摩西在律法书上的记载在坛上献燔祭。 3他们虽然惧怕当地的居民，还是在原来的根基上重建祭坛，并早晚在上面向耶和华献燔祭。 4他们照律法书的记载守住棚节，每天按规定的数目献上燔祭。 5之后，他们献上日常的燔祭，并在朔日3:5 “朔日”即每月初一。和耶和华所定的一切节期献祭，又向耶和华献上自愿献的祭。 6尽管耶和华殿的根基还没有立好，从七月一日起，他们就开始向耶和华献燔祭。 7他们付给石匠和木匠银子，并经波斯王塞鲁士批准，供给泰尔人和西顿人食物、酒和油，换取他们把香柏木从黎巴嫩经海路运到约帕。
8在回到耶路撒冷上帝殿的第二年二月，撒拉铁的儿子所罗巴伯、约萨达的儿子耶书亚及其祭司和利未亲族，以及所有从流亡之地回到耶路撒冷的人，开始重建耶和华的殿，并派二十岁以上的利未人做督工。 9何达威雅3:9 “何达威雅”希伯来文是“犹大”，参考2:40。的后裔，即耶书亚及其子孙和弟兄、甲篾及其子孙，与利未人希拿达的子孙及其弟兄同心协力地监督在上帝殿里做工的人。
所有人都高声欢呼赞美耶和华，因为耶和华殿的根基已经立好。 12许多曾见过旧殿的年长的祭司、利未人和族长看见这殿的根基，不禁放声大哭，也有很多人高声欢呼。 13人们无法分辨是痛哭声还是欢呼声，因为众人都大声呼喊，声音传到远处。