1tn Heb “the sons of Israel.”

2tn The word “living” is not in the Hebrew text, but is implied. Some translations supply “settled” (cf. NAB, NIV, NLT).

3tc The translation reads with some medieval Hebrew MSS and ancient versions בְּעָרֵיהֶם (bearehem, “in their towns”), rather than the reading בֶּעָרִים (bearim, “in the towns”) found in the MT. Cf. Neh 7:72 HT [7:73 ET].

4tn The Hebrew text adds the phrase “like one man.” This has not been included in the translation for stylistic reasons.

5tn Heb “to.”

6map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.

7sn Jozadak (also in 3:8) is a variant spelling of Jehozadak.

8tn Heb “his brothers the priests.”

9tn Heb “his brothers.”

10tn Heb “arose and built.”

11tn Heb “written in.” Cf. v. 4.

12tn Heb “the peoples of the lands.”

13tn The Hebrew phrase אֶת חַג־הַסֻּכּוֹת (’et khag-hassukot, “festival of huts” [or “shelters”]) is traditionally known as the Feast of Tabernacles. The rendering “booths” (cf. NAB, NASB, NRSV) is probably better than the traditional “tabernacles” in light of the meaning of the term סֻכָּה (sukkah, “hut; booth”), but “booths” are frequently associated with trade shows and craft fairs in contemporary American English. The nature of the celebration during this feast as a commemoration of the wanderings of the Israelites after they left Egypt suggests that a translation like “temporary shelters” is more appropriate.

14tn Heb “according to what is written.”

15tn Heb “by number.”

16tn Or “the foundation of the LORD’s temple was not yet laid.

17tn Heb “silver.”

18map For location see Map1-A1; JP3-F3; JP4-F3.

19map For location see Map1-A2; Map2-G2; Map4-A1; JP3-F3; JP4-F3.

20tn Heb “to the sea”

21map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.

22tn Heb “began”; the phrase “the work” is supplied in the translation for the sake of clarity.

23tn Heb “their brothers.”

24tn Heb “stood.”

25tn Heb “from twenty years and upward.”

26tn Heb “brothers.”

27sn The name יְהוּדָה (Yehudah; cf. KJV, ASV, NASB “Judah”) is probably a variant of Hodaviah (see Ezra 2:40; cf. NIV, NCV, TEV, CEV, NLT).

28tn Heb “brothers.”

29sn This was a long, straight, metallic instrument used for signal calls, rather than the traditional ram’s horn (both instruments are typically translated “trumpet” by English versions).

30tn Heb “according to the hands of.”

31sn See Ps 107:1; 118:1, 29; 136:1. Cf. 2 Chr 5:13; 7:3; 20:21.

32tn Heb “they answered.”

33tn Heb “great.”

34tn Heb “the heads of the fathers.”

35sn The temple had been destroyed some fifty years earlier by the Babylonians in 586 b.c.

36tn Heb “with a great voice.”

37tn Heb “a great shout.”