Nehemiah 8

Chapter 8

Ezra reads and interprets the law of Moses to the people—They keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the awater gate; and they spake unto bEzra the cscribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.

2 And Ezra the priest brought the alaw before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

3 And he read therein before the street that was before 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 unto the abook of the law.

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

5 And 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 And 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, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.

8 So they read in the book in the alaw of God bdistinctly, and cgave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

9 And Nehemiah, which is the aTirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that btaught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; cmourn not, nor weep. For all the people dwept, when they heard the words of the law.

10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send aportions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this bday is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye csorry; for the joy of the Lord is your dstrength.

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

12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great amirth, because they had bunderstood the words that were declared unto them.

13 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to aunderstand the words of the law.

14 And they found written in the law which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that athe children of Israel should dwell in booths in the bfeast of the seventh month:

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

16 So 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 street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of aEphraim.

17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made abooths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of bJeshua the son of cNun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.

18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he aread in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a bsolemn assembly, according unto the manner.