Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
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And now the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in their cities; so the people gathered together as one man in Jerusalem. The seventh month, which we call October, was more than all the other months solemn with the observance of ceremonies according to the Law, and was also the time when the dedication of the temple was celebrated. It was thus appropriate to the devotion of the faithful who had come up from the captivity that, as soon as they had individually entered their own cities with the livestock and money they had brought with them and there built homes suitable for themselves and their families, they should all presently gather together in Jerusalem and construct an altar there for offering holocausts to God, and this at the time of year when this temple was originally consecrated with the altar and all of its vessels and when they had been accustomed to come there every year for the day of this consecration. In a higher sense, however, the seventh month sug...