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Why was this so emotional for people to see the foundation laid for the temple?

But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away. Ezra 3:12-13

            It’s been over seventy years since they were in Jerusalem.  God punished them for their sins but promised them they would return.  That promise was now fulfilled.  Nearly 500 years had passed since David/Solomon’s original temple and now that dream, once destroyed, could be rebuilt again.  Some in attendance remember the old temple, saw its destruction, now they became emotional seeing it all restored.