In spite of their fear because of the people of the surrounding lands, they set the altar on its base and offered burnt offerings on it to Yahweh, even burnt offerings morning and evening. Bible see other translations

“and offered burnt offerings on it.” The Jews started offering sacrifices on the altar long before the Temple was finished. It is always nice to do God’s work in exactly the way He prescribes, but sometimes, such as here, the right thing to do is to do the best you can even if things are not exactly as they should be.

Commentary for: Ezra 3:3