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Nehemiah 8

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 1 All the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spoke to Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, with which the LORD had commanded Israel.

 2 Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both both men and women and all that could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month.

 3 He read it in the street that was next to the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.

 4 Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood that they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand stood Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchiah, Hashum, Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.

 5 Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, (for he was above all the people); and when he opened it, all the people stood up.

 6 Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," with lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

 7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites helped the people to understand the law; and the people stood in their place.

 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense of the words, and caused them to understand the reading.

 9 Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people, said to all the people, "This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law."

 10 Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared for this day is holy to our LORD; neither are you to be sorry for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

 11 So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, "Hold your peace for the day is holy; neither be grieved."

 12 All the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions [to the needy], and to rejoice because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

 13 On the second day the heads of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites were gathered together to hear Ezra the scribe, so they might understand the words of the law.

 14 And they found written in the law that the LORD had commanded by Moses that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month.

 15 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, "Go out to the hills and fetch olive branches, pine branches, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of thick trees to make booths as it is written."

 16 So the people went out to the hills and brought the branches,and made themselves booths, everyone upon the roof of his house, in their courts, in the courts of the house of God, in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim.

 17 And all the congregation of those who had returned from out of the captivity made booths and sat under them; and it had been since the days of Joshua, the son of Nun to that day that the children of Israel has not done so. There was very great gladness.

 18 Also day by day, from the first day to the last day, Ezra read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly, according to the manner prescribed in the ordinance.


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