And Nehemiah, who was 1the governor, and Ezra 2the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, 3"This day is holy to the LORD your God; 4do not mourn or weep." For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law.
Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and 5send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved."
And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because 6they had understood the words that were declared to them.