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Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20

King Darius issued an order to the officials

of West-of-Euphrates:

"Let the governor and the elders of the Jews

continue the work on that house of God;

they are to rebuild it on its former site.

I also issue this decree

concerning your dealing with these elders of the Jews

in the rebuilding of that house of God:

From the royal revenue, the taxes of West-of-Euphrates,

let these men be repaid for their expenses, in full and without delay.

I, Darius, have issued this decree;

let it be carefully executed."

The elders of the Jews continued to make progress in the building,

supported by the message of the prophets,

Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo.

They finished the building according to the command

of the God of Israel

and the decrees of Cyrus and Darius

and of Artaxerxes, king of Persia.

They completed this house on the third day of the month Adar,

in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.

The children of Israel–priests, Levites,

and the other returned exiles–

celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.

For the dedication of this house of God,

they offered one hundred bulls,

two hundred rams, and four hundred lambs,

together with twelve he-goats as a sin-offering for all Israel,

in keeping with the number of the tribes of Israel.

Finally, they set up the priests in their classes

and the Levites in their divisions

for the service of God in Jerusalem,

as is prescribed in the book of Moses.

The exiles kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.

The Levites, every one of whom had purified himself for the occasion,

sacrificed the Passover for the rest of the exiles,

for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

Psalm 122:1-5

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together. To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.

Luke 8:19-21

Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”



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