Last updated on Sunday November 09, 2008
Always rejoice, Unceasingly pray, In everything give thanks.
There were five thousand four hundred vessels of gold and silver in all. Sheshbazzar brought up all of them with those of the captivity who were brought up from Babylon to Jerusalem.
The children of Bethlehem, one hundred twenty-three.
And they sang to one another in praising and giving thanks to Jehovah, saying, For He is good, for His lovingkindness is forever upon Israel...
Now let it be known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and the walls are finished, they will not pay tribute, taxes, or tolls; and in the end it will cause damage to the kings.
But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon, King Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.
In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: Let the house be built, the place where they offer sacrifices; and let its foundations be raised, its height being sixty cubits, and its width sixty cubits,
As well as all the silver and gold that you shall find in the whole province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people and the priests, who offered willingly for the house of their God, which is in Jerusalem;
...The hand of our God is for good upon all those who seek Him, but His power and His wrath is against all those who forsake Him.
O Jehovah the God of Israel, You are righteous...Here we are before You in our guilt, although none can stand before You because of this.
Arise, for the matter is your responsibility, but we are with you; be strong, and do it.