Ezra 6:16
New International Version
Then the people of Israel--the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles--celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.

New Living Translation
The Temple of God was then dedicated with great joy by the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the people who had returned from exile.

English Standard Version
And the people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the returned exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Berean Study Bible
Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.

New American Standard Bible
And the sons of Israel, the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.

King James Bible
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

Christian Standard Bible
Then the Israelites, including the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles, celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.

Contemporary English Version
The people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and everyone else who had returned from exile were happy and celebrated as they dedicated God's temple.

Good News Translation
Then the people of Israel--the priests, the Levites, and all the others who had returned from exile--joyfully dedicated the Temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the Israelites, including the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles, celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.

International Standard Version
The Israelis—the priests, the descendants of Levi, and the other related descendants who had returned from captivity—celebrated with joy at the dedication of the Temple of God.

NET Bible
The people of Israel--the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles--observed the dedication of this temple of God with joy.

New Heart English Bible
The children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the others who had returned from exile celebrated at the dedication of God's temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

New American Standard 1977
And the sons of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sons of Israel, the priests and the Levites and the rest of the sons of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

King James 2000 Bible
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

American King James Version
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

American Standard Version
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of the house of God with gladness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity kept the dedication of the house of God with joy.

Darby Bible Translation
And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy;

English Revised Version
And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

World English Bible
The children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel have made, and the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the sons of the captivity, a dedication of this house of God with joy,
Study Bible
The Feast of Dedication
16Then the people of Israel— the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles— celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy. 17For the dedication of the house of God they offered a hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and a sin offering for all Israel of twelve male goats, one for each tribe of Israel.…
Cross References
1 Kings 8:62
Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices before the LORD.

1 Kings 8:63
And Solomon offered as peace offerings to the LORD 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the Israelites dedicated the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 7:5
And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.

Daniel 5:13
So Daniel was brought before the king, who asked him, "Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah?

Treasury of Scripture

And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

the children

1 Chronicles 9:2
Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were, the Israelites, the priests, Levites, and the Nethinims.

Nehemiah 7:73
So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.

children of the captivity.

Ezra 4:1
Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel;

the dedication

1 Kings 8:63
And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 7:5,9
And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God…

John 10:22
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

with joy

Ezra 6:22
And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

Ezra 3:11,12
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…

Deuteronomy 12:7
And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.







Lexicon
Then the people
בְנֵֽי־ (ḇə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1123: A son

of Israel—
יִ֠שְׂרָאֵל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3479: Israel -- descendant of Jacob

the priests,
כָּהֲנַיָּ֨א (kā·hă·nay·yā)
Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's Hebrew 3549: Priest

the Levites,
וְלֵוָיֵ֜א (wə·lê·wā·yê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3879: Levites -- descendants of Levi

and the rest
וּשְׁאָ֣ר (ū·šə·’ār)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7606: Rest, remainder

of the exiles—
בְּנֵי־ (bə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1123: A son

celebrated
וַעֲבַ֣דוּ (wa·‘ă·ḇa·ḏū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5648: To do, make, prepare, keep

the dedication
חֲנֻכַּ֛ת (ḥă·nuk·kaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2597: Consecration

of the
דְנָ֖ה (ḏə·nāh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1836: This

house
בֵּית־ (bêṯ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1005: A house

of God
אֱלָהָ֥א (’ĕ·lā·hā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 426: God

with joy.
בְּחֶדְוָֽה׃ (bə·ḥeḏ·wāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2305: Rejoicing
(16-22) The dedication of the second Temple.

(16) Children of the captivity.--This designation is peculiarly appropriate here, as in Ezra 6:20. "All Israel" soon follows.

Verse 16. - The children of Israel. Again the writer is careful to present the returned exiles to us as "Israel," and not merely "Judah" (comp. 2:70; 3:1, 10, 11; 4:3; 5:1). This is especially fitting when he is about to explain why the number of the he-goats offered was twelve (see the next verse). Kept the dedication of this house of God. The primary dedication seems to be glanced at in the words, "the dedication of this house," an expression repeated in the next verse. It is one of the great objects of Ezra to link the present with the past, the new temple with the old, the restored religion with that of former times. 6:13-22 The gospel church, that spiritual temple, is long in the building, but it will be finished at last, when the mystical body is completed. Every believer is a living temple, building up himself in his most holy faith: much opposition is given to this work by Satan and our own corruptions. We trifle, and proceed in it with many stops and pauses; but He that has begun the good work, will see it performed. Then spirits of just men will be made perfect. By getting their sins taken away, the Jews would free themselves from the sting of their late troubles. Their service was with joy. Let us welcome holy ordinances with joy, and serve the Lord with gladness.
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