8 1And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the
broad place that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the
scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which Jehovah had commanded to
2And Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, both
men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day
of the seventh month.
3And he read therein before the broad place that
was before the water gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of
the men and the women, and of those that could understand; and the ears of
all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose;
and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Uriah, and
Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and
Mishael, and Malchijah, and Hashum, and Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and
5And 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:
6and Ezra blessed Jehovah, the great God. And all the people answered,
Amen, Amen, with the lifting up of their hands: and they bowed their heads,
and worshipped Jehovah with their faces to the ground.
7Also Jeshua, and
Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita,
Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to
understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
they read in the book, in the law of God, distinctly; and they gave the
sense, so that they understood the reading.
9And Nehemiah, who was the
governor, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the
people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto Jehovah your God;
mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of
10Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink
the sweet, and send portions unto him for whom nothing is prepared; for this
day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye grieved; for the joy of Jehovah is
11So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your
peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
12And all the people
went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great
mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.
13And on the second day were gathered together the heads of fathers'
houses of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the
scribe, even to give attention to the words of the law.
14And they found
written in the law, how that Jehovah had commanded by Moses, that the
children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month;
15and that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in
Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and
branches of wild olive, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches
of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written.
16So the people went
forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof
of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and
in the broad place of the water gate, and in the broad place of the gate of
17And all the assembly of them that were come again out of the
captivity made booths, and dwelt in the booths; for since the days of Jeshua
the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And
there was very great gladness.
18Also day by day, from the first day unto
the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast
seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the