CLV(i) 1 When the seventh month was attained and the sons of Israel had settled in their cities, then the people gathered as one man in Jerusalem. 2 Then Jeshua son of Jozadak arose with his brother priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and his brothers. They built the altar of the Elohim of Israel, to offer up on it ascent offerings as it is written in the law of Moses the man of Elohim. 3 They established the altar on its bases, for dread was on them because of the peoples of the areas; and they brought up on it ascent offerings to Yahweh, the ascent offerings for the morning and for the evening. 4 Then they held the celebration of booths as it is written, with the ascent offering day by day, in number according to the custom, the requirement of a day in its day. 5 Afterward there was the regular ascent offering for the sabbaths and for the new months, for all the hallowed appointed seasons of Yahweh and for everyone who willingly brought a voluntary offering to Yahweh. 6 From day one of the seventh month they started to bring up ascent offerings to Yahweh, though for Yahweh's temple itself no foundation had yet been laid. 7 Then they gave silver to hewers of stone and to craftsmen, and food, drink and oil to the Sidonians and to the Tyrians for bringing cedar timbers from the Lebanon by sea to Joppa, according to the permission given them by Cyrus king of Persia. 8 In the second year of their coming to the site of the House of Elohim at Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua son of Jozadak and the remnants of their brother priests and Levites started with all who had come from the captivity to Jerusalem. They installed Levites from twenty years of age and above to oversee the work on the House of Yahweh. 9 So Jeshua and his sons and his brothers stood as one group with Kadmiel and his sons, of the sons of Hodaviah, to oversee those doing the work on the House of Elohim, also the sons of Henadad, their sons and their brothers, the Levites. 10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of Yahweh, then priests clothed in their vestments, with bugles, and Levites (sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their stand to praise Yahweh according to the acclamation directions of David king of Israel. 11 They responded by praising and acclaiming Yahweh:For He is good, indeed His benignity toward Israel is for the eon. As for all the people, they shouted a loud shout in praising Yahweh because the foundation of the House of Yahweh had been laid. 12 Many of the older priests and Levites and patriarchal heads who had seen the former House, were lamenting with a loud voice when the foundation of this House was laid before their eyes. Many others raised up the voice in shouting and rejoicing. 13 There was no one of the people recognizing the sound of the rejoicing shout from the sound of the lamenting of the people, for the people were shouting a loud shout, and the sound itself was heard even from afar.