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Ezra 3:11-13

3:11 With antiphonal response they sang, 1  praising and glorifying the Lord:

“For he is good;

his loyal love toward Israel is forever.”

All the people gave a loud 2  shout as they praised the Lord when the temple of the Lord was established. 3:12 Many of the priests, the Levites, and the leaders 3  – older people who had seen with their own eyes the former temple while it was still established 4  – were weeping loudly, 5  and many others raised their voice in a joyous shout. 3:13 People were unable to tell the difference between the sound of joyous shouting and the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people were shouting so loudly 6  that the sound was heard a long way off.

1 tn Heb “they answered.”

2 tn Heb “great.”

3 tn Heb “the heads of the fathers.”

4 sn The temple had been destroyed some fifty years earlier by the Babylonians in 586 b.c.

5 tn Heb “with a great voice.”

6 tn Heb “a great shout.”

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