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.
Kumangidwanso kwa Guwa la Nsembe
1Utafika mwezi wa chisanu ndi chiwiri Aisraeli atakhala kale mʼmidzi yawo, anthu anasonkhana ku Yerusalemu ndi cholinga chimodzi. 2Kenaka Yesuwa mwana wa Yozadaki ndi ansembe anzake pamodzi ndi Zerubabeli mwana wa Sealatieli ndi abale ake anayamba kumanga guwa lansembe la Mulungu wa Israeli. Anatero pofuna kuti aziperekapo nsembe zopsereza monga analembera mʼbuku la Mose, munthu wa Mulungu uja. 3Ndi mantha ndi mantha chifukwa cha anthu a mʼmayikomo, iwo anamanga guwalo pa maziko ake akale, ndipo anapereka nsembe zopsereza kwa Mulungu pa guwapo mmawa ndi madzulo. 4Ankasunga tsiku la chikondwerero cha misasa monga momwe zinalembedwera. Ankaperekanso nsembe za tsiku ndi tsiku monga mwa chiwerengero chake potsata mwambo wake wa tsiku ndi tsiku monga zinalembedwa. 5Pambuyo pake, ankapereka nsembe zopsereza, nsembe zopereka pa nthawi ya mwezi watsopano ndi za pa masiku onse a chikondwerero oyikidwa kutamandira Yehova, kudzanso nsembe zaufulu zopereka kwa Yehova. 6Kuyambira pa tsiku loyamba la mwezi wachisanu ndi chiwiri, iwo anayambanso kupereka nsembe zopsereza kwa Yehova, ngakhale kuti maziko a Nyumba ya Yehova anali asanamangidwe.
Kumangidwanso kwa Nyumba ya Mulungu
7Ndipo anapereka ndalama kwa amisiri a miyala ndi kwa amisiri a matabwa, ndi chakudya, chakumwa ndi mafuta kwa anthu a ku Sidoni ndi a ku Turo, kuti abweretse mitengo ya mkungudza pa nyanja kuchokera ku Lebanoni mpaka ku Yopa. Zonsezi anachita malinga ndi chilolezo chimene analandira kuchokera kwa Koresi, mfumu ya Peresiya.
8Tsono mu chaka chachiwiri atabwera ku Yerusalemu, ku malo akale a Nyumba ya Yehova, mwezi wachiwiri Zerubabeli mwana wa Sealatieli, Yesuwa mwana wa Yozadaki pamodzi ndi abale awo onse, ansembe, Alevi ndi onse amene anabwera ku Yerusalemu kuchokera ku ukapolo, anayamba kugwira ntchito. Iwo anasankha Alevi a zaka zoyambira makumi awiri kuti aziyangʼanira ntchito ya kumanga Nyumba ya Yehova. 9Yesuwa ndi ana ake aamuna kudzanso abale ake, Kadimieli ndi ana ake (ana a Yuda) onse pamodzi anasenza udindo woyangʼanira antchito ku Nyumba ya Mulungu, kuphatikizanso ana a Henadadi komanso Alevi, ana awo ndi abale awo.
10Amisiri omanga nyumba atamanga maziko a Nyumba ya Yehova, ansembe anabwera akuyimba malipenga, atavala zovala zaunsembe. Ndipo Alevi, zidzukulu za Asafu, anadza akuyimba matambolini ndi kutenga udindo wawo wotamanda Yehova, potsata malangizo a Davide mfumu ya Aisraeli. 11Iwo ankayimba motamanda ndi mothokoza Yehova nyimbo iyi:
“Yehova ndi wabwino;
chikondi chake pa Israeli ndi chamuyaya.”
Ndipo anthu onse ankafuwula kwambiri kumutamanda Yehova, chifukwa maziko a Nyumba ya Yehova anali kumangidwa. 12Koma ambiri mwa ansembe, Alevi ndiponso atsogoleri amabanja, akuluakulu amene anaona Nyumba ya Yehova yakale, analira mokweza pamene anaona maziko a nyumbayi akumangidwa. Komanso ena ambiri ankafuwula mosangalala. 13Choncho panalibe amene ankatha kusiyanitsa liwu lofuwula mokondwerera ndi liwu la anthu olira, chifukwa anthuwo ankafuwula kwambiri. Ndipo liwu lofuwulalo limamveka kutali.