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Ezra 3:12-13

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3:12 Many of the priests, the Levites, and the leaders 1  – older people who had seen with their own eyes the former temple while it was still established 2  – were weeping loudly, 3  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 4  that the sound was heard a long way off.

1 tn Heb “the heads of the fathers.”

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

3 tn Heb “with a great voice.”

4 tn Heb “a great shout.”



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