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 Nehemiah 8
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   Book of NehemiahClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
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Ezra Reads the Law

1 And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the R150 Water Gate, and they asked F90 Ezra R151 the scribe to bring the R152 book of the law of Moses which the LORD had given F91 to Israel. 2 Then Ezra R153 the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the R154 first day of the seventh month. 3 He read from it before the square which was in front of the R155 Water Gate from early F92 morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law. 4 Ezra the scribe stood at a wooden podium which they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam on his left hand. 5 Ezra opened the R156 book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood R157 up. 6 Then Ezra blessed the LORD the great God. And all the people answered, "Amen, R158 Amen!" while lifting up their hands; then they R159 bowed low and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, explained the law to the people while the people remained in their place. 8 They read from the book, from the law of God, translating F93 to give the sense so that they understood the reading.

"This Day Is Holy"

9 Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, R160 F94 and Ezra the R161 priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This R162 day is holy to the LORD your God; do R163 not mourn or weep." For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send R164 portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." 11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved." 12 All the people went away to eat, to drink, to R165 send portions and to celebrate F95 a great festival, because R166 they understood the words which had been made known to them.

Feast of Booths Restored

13 Then on the second day the heads of fathers' households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law. 14 They found written in the law how the LORD had commanded through Moses that the sons of Israel should R167 live in booths during the feast of the seventh month. 15 So R168 F96 they proclaimed and circulated a proclamation in all their cities and in R169 Jerusalem, saying, "Go R170 out to the hills, and bring olive branches and wild F97 olive branches, myrtle branches, palm branches and branches of other leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written." 16 So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each on R171 his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the R172 Water Gate and in the square at the R173 Gate of Ephraim. 17 The entire assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in them. F98 The sons of Israel had R174 indeed not done so from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to that day. And there R175 was great rejoicing. 18 He R176 read from the book of the law of God daily, from the first day to the last day. And they celebrated R177 the feast seven days, and on the R178 eighth day there was a solemn assembly according to the ordinance.

F90: Lit said to
F91: Lit commanded
F92: Lit the light
F93: Or explaining
F94: Hebrew Tirshatha, a Persian title
F95: Lit make a great rejoicing
F96: Lit And that they will cause to be heard
F97: Lit oil tree, species unknown
F98: Lit the booths

R150: Nehemiah 3:26
R151: Ezra 7:6
R152: 2 Chronicles 34:15
R153: Deuteronomy 31:9-11; Nehemiah 8:9
R154: Leviticus 23:24
R155: Nehemiah 8:1
R156: Nehemiah 8:3
R157: Judges 3:20; 1 Kings 8:12-14
R158: Nehemiah 5:13
R159: Exodus 4:31
R160: Nehemiah 7:65,70
R161: Nehemiah 12:26
R162: Nehemiah 8:2
R163: Deuteronomy 12:7,12
R164: Deuteronomy 26:11-13
R165: Nehemiah 8:10
R166: Nehemiah 8:7,8
R167: Leviticus 23:34,40,42
R168: Leviticus 23:4
R169: Deuteronomy 16:16
R170: Leviticus 23:40
R171: Jeremiah 32:29
R172: Nehemiah 8:1
R173: 2 Kings 14:13; Nehemiah 12:39
R174: 2 Chronicles 7:8; 8:13
R175: 2 Chronicles 30:21
R176: Deuteronomy 31:11
R177: Leviticus 23:36
R178: Numbers 29:35


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