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.
13:1 a Nek 7:73; 8:1 b Lv 23:24Omwezi ogw’omusanvu bwe gwatuuka, Abayisirayiri ne bava mu bibuga gye baali, ne bakuŋŋaanira e Yerusaalemi nga bali bumu. 23:2 a Ezr 2:2; Nek 12:1, 8; Kag 2:2 b Kag 1:1; Zek 6:11 c 1By 3:17 d Kuv 20:24; Ma 12:5-6Awo Yesuwa mutabani wa Yozadaki ne bakabona banne, ne Zerubbaberi mutabani wa Seyalutyeri n’ab’ennyumba ye ne batandika okuzimba ekyoto kya Katonda wa Isirayiri, okuweerangako ebiweebwayo ebyokebwa nga bwe kyawandiikibwa, mu Mateeka ga Musa omusajja wa Katonda. 33:3 a Ezr 4:4; Dan 9:25 b Kuv 29:39; Kbl 28:1-8Newaakubadde nga baalina entiisa ey’abamawanga agaali gabeetoolodde, basooka okuzimba ekyoto ku musingi gwakyo ne bawaayo ebiweebwayo ebyokebwa eri Mukama, nga bawaayo eby’enkya n’eby’akawungeezi. 43:4 Kuv 23:16; Kbl 29:12-38; Nek 8:14-18; Zek 14:16-19Era ng’etteeka bwe liri, ne bakwata embaga ey’ensiisira ne bawaayo ebiweebwayo ebyokebwa ebya buli lunaku ng’omuwendo ogwetaagibwa buli lunaku bwe gwali. 53:5 a Kbl 28:3, 11, 14; Bak 2:16 b Lv 23:1-44; Kbl 29:39N’oluvannyuma baawaayo ebiweebwayo ebyokebwa ebya buli kiseera, omwezi nga gwa kaboneka ne ku buli mbaga zonna ezaatukuzibwa eza Mukama ezaalagirwa, ate n’ekiweebwayo ekya buli muntu eyawaayo eri Mukama ekiweebwayo awatali kuwalirizibwa. 6Okuva ku lunaku olw’olubereberye olw’omwezi ogw’omusanvu ne batandika okuwaayo ebiweebwayo ebyokebwa eri Mukama, newaakubadde ng’omusingi gwa yeekaalu ya Mukama gwali tegunnazimbibwa.
73:7 a 1By 14:1 b Is 35:2 c Ezr 1:2-4; 6:3Ne bawa abazimbi n’ababazzi ensimbi, ne bawa n’ab’e Sidoni n’ab’e Tuulo ebyokulya n’ebyokunywa n’amafuta, okuleeta emivule okuva mu Lebanooni okugituusa ku nnyanja e Yopa, ng’ekiragiro kya Kuulo kabaka w’e Buperusi bwe kyali.
83:8 a Zek 4:9 b 1By 23:24Awo mu mwezi ogwokubiri mu mwaka ogwokubiri nga batuuse awali yeekaalu ya Katonda mu Yerusaalemi, Zerubbaberi mutabani wa Seyalutyeri, ne Yesuwa mutabani wa Yozadaki ne baganda baabwe bakabona n’Abaleevi ne bonna abajja e Yerusaalemi okuva mu buwaŋŋanguse ne batandika omulimu ogw’okuzimba, era ne beerondamu abaali ab’emyaka amakumi abiri egy’obukulu, n’okusingawo, okulabirira omulimu ogw’okuddaabiriza yeekaalu ya Mukama. 93:9 Ezr 2:40Awo Yesuwa ne batabani be ne baganda be, ne Kadumyeri ne batabani be, ne bazzukulu ba Yuda, nga bayambibwako ne batabani ba Kenedadi n’Abaleevi bonna ne bavunaanyizibwa okulabirira omulimu ogw’okuddaabiriza ennyumba ya Mukama.
103:10 a Ezr 5:16 b Kbl 10:2; 1By 16:6 c 1By 25:1 d 1By 6:31 e Zek 6:12Awo abazimbi bwe baamala okuzimba omusingi gwa yeekaalu ya Mukama, bakabona nga bambadde ebyambalo byabwe ne bavaayo nga bakutte amakondeere, n’abaleevi, bazzukulu ba Asafu, nga bakutte ebitaasa, ne bayimirira mu bifo byabwe okutendereza Mukama, nga Dawudi kabaka wa Isirayiri bwe yateekateeka. 113:11 a 1By 16:34, 41; 2By 7:3; Zab 107:1; 118:1 b Nek 12:24Ne bayimba ennyimba ez’okwebaza n’okutendereza Mukama nga boogera nti,
n’okwagala kwe eri Isirayiri kubeerera emirembe gyonna.”
Abantu bonna ne bayimusa amaloboozi gaabwe nga batendereza Mukama, kubanga omusingi gw’ennyumba ya Mukama gwali guzimbiddwa. 123:12 Kag 2:3, 9Naye bangi ku bakabona n’Abaleevi abakadde, n’Abakulu b’ebika, abaalaba yeekaalu eyasooka, ne bakaaba nnyo ng’amaloboozi gaabwe gawulikika bwe baalaba ng’omusingi gwa yeekaalu empya guzimbiddwa, newaakubadde ng’abalala bangi baasanyuka nnyo nga bwe baleekaana; 133:13 Yob 8:21; Zab 27:6; Is 16:9nga si kyangu okwawula amaloboozi g’abo abaali bakaaba n’abaali basanyuka, kubanga abantu bonna baawowogana mu ddoboozi ery’omwanguka, era n’amaloboozi gaabwe ne gawulirwa wala.