But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

~1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV



1 Now when the seventh month arrived and all
The Israelites had settled in their towns,
The people gathered in Jerusalem

As one, 2 then Joshua son of Jozadak,
His fellow priests and Zerubbabel son
Of Shealtiel and his associates

Began to build the altar of the God
Of Israel to sacrifice on it
Burnt offerings by what is written in

The Law of Moses man of God. 3 Despite
Their fear of peoples living around them,
They built the altar on its base and on

It sacrificed burnt offerings to God,
The morning and the evening sacrifices.
4 They read the written word and celebrated

The Festival of Tabernacles with
The mandatory number of the burnt
Offerings set for each day. 5 After that,

They gave the regular burnt offerings,
The New Moon sacrifices as well as
The sacrifices for appointed sacred feasts

Of God, as well as those brought in to be
The freewill offerings to God, 6 and on
The first day of the seventh month they started

To offer the burnt offerings to God,
Though the foundation of God’s temple had
Not yet been laid. 7 Then they gave money to

The masons and the carpenters, and they gave
Food, drink, and olive oil to people of
Sidon and Tyre, so that they would bring up

The cedar logs by sea from Lebanon
To Joppa, the king of Persia, Cyrus,
Had authorized, 8 and in the second month

Within the second year succeeding their
Return to God’s house in Jerusalem,
Zerubbabel (Shealtiel’s son), Joshua

The son of Jozadak and the remainder
Of people (priests and Levites and all who
Had come back from the captivity to

Jerusalem) began the work, and they
Appointed Levites twenty years old and
Older to supervise construction of

God’s house 9 while Joshua and his sons and brothers
And Kadmiel and his sons (descendants of
Hodaviah) and Henadad’s sons and

Their sons and brothers—Levites—joined together
To supervise the workers on God’s house.
10 When builders laid the groundwork for God’s temple,

The priests in vestments and with trumpets, and Levites
(The sons of Asaph) with their cymbals, took
Their spots to praise the Lord, as was prescribed

By David king of Israel. 11 With praise
And thanksgiving they sang to God: “He’s good;
His love toward Israel endures forever,”

And all the people shouted praise to God,
For the foundation of God’s house was laid.
12 But many of the older priests and Levites

And family heads, the ones who had observed
The former temple, wept aloud when they
Saw that this temple’s base was being laid,

While many others shouted joyfully.
13 No one could tell the difference between
The shouts of joy and weeping, for the crowd

Was heard when far away, they were so loud.