The Temple Restored with a Crooked Foundation
Ezra 3:10-13 New King James Version
“When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel. And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD:
‘For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel.’
Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.”
The priests and elders who had seen the original Temple King Solomon built wept because, according to recent archeological discoveries, the foundation of the new Temple restored during Ezra’s time, was crooked, and it’s entrance did not face ‘true’ East.
Thus, we now have a clearer understanding of the expression of the Apostle Paul, “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation” – Philippians 2:15