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The foundation of the Lord’s Temple is laid.

BibleGateway: Ezra 3:8-13

ESV Text: Ezra 3:8-13

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:30 and ends at about 3:21

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     8 Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the LORD. 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites. 10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: 13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 633:
O Lord of Hosts, Whose Glory Fills

— Organ Audio

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1. O Lord of hosts, whose glory fills 
The bounds of the eternal hills 
And yet vouchsaf’st, in Christian lands, 
To dwell in temples made with hands, 

2. Grant that all we who here today 
Rejoicing this foundation lay 
May be in very deed Thine own, 
Built on the precious Cornerstone. 

3. Endue the creatures with Thy grace 
That shall adorn Thy dwelling place. 
The beauty of the oak and pine, 
The gold and silver, make them Thine. 

4. To Thee they all belong, to Thee, 
The treasures of the earth and sea; 
And when we bring them to Thy throne, 
We but present Thee with Thine own. 

5. The heads that guide endue with skill, 
The hands that work preserve from ill, 
That we who these foundations lay 
May raise the top-stone in its day. 

6. Both now and ever, Lord, protect 
The temple of Thine own elect; 
Be Thou in them and they in Thee, 
O ever-blessed Trinity!