In Ezra 3 verses 12-13, old men who had seen the first temple are described as having
“wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many [others] shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away. (NASB)
What is the reason the old men were weeping? Some commentaries say it is because they saw the beauty of the first temple and were distressed by the fact that this second one was far inferior in quality. Others say they wept because there was finally a second temple (I’m sure there are additional interpretations as well). Why were the old men weeping, and how does the original language imply that reason?