1 When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people assembled as one man in Jerusalem. 2 Then Jeshua son of Jozadakand his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son ofShealtiel and his associates began to build thealtar of the God of Israel to sacrifice burntofferings on it, in accordance with what iswritten in the Law of Moses the man of God. 3 Despite 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. 4 Then in accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles with the required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day. 5 After that, they presented the regular burnt offerings, the New Moon sacrifices and the sacrifices for all the appointed sacred feasts of the LORD, as well as those brought as freewill offerings to the LORD. 6 On 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. 7 Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and gave food and drink and 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. 8 In the second month of thesecond year after their arrival at the house ofGod in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,Jeshua son of Jozadak and the rest of theirbrothers (the priests and the Levites and all whohad returned from the captivity to Jerusalem)began the work, appointing Levites twenty years ofage and older to supervise the building of thehouse of the LORD. 9 Jeshua and his sons and brothers and Kadmiel and his sons (descendants 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. 10 When the builders laid thefoundation of the temple of the LORD, the priestsin their vestments and with trumpets, and theLevites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, tooktheir places to praise the LORD, as prescribed byDavid king of Israel. 11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD:"He is good; his love to Israel endures forever." 12 But 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. 13 No 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.