King James VersionNehemiah8


1 And all the peo­ple gath­ered them­selves to­geth­er as one man into the street that was be­fore the wa­ter gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had com­mand­ed to Is­rael. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law 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 book of the law. 4 And Ezra 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 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 law of God dis­tinct­ly, and gave the sense, and caused them to un­der­stand the read­ing. 9 And Ne­hemi­ah, which is the Tir­shatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the peo­ple, said unto all the peo­ple, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the peo­ple wept, 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 por­tions unto them for whom noth­ing is pre­pared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: nei­ther be ye sor­ry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. 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 mirth, be­cause they had un­der­stood 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 un­der­stand the words of the law. 14 And they found writ­ten in the law which 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 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 Ephraim. 17 And all the con­gre­ga­tion of them that were come again out of the cap­tiv­i­ty made booths, and sat un­der 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. 18 Also 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 man­ner.