And Ezra the scribestood upon a pulpita of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stoodMattithiah, 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 Ezraopened the book in the sightb of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up :
And Ezrablessed the LORD, the greatGod. And all the peopleanswered , 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 Goddistinctly , and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.9
And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha,c 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 peoplewept , 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 sendportions 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 Levitesstilled all the people,saying , Hold your peace , for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved .
And all the people went their way to eat , and to drink , and to sendportions, and to makegreatmirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.
And on the secondday were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe , even to understandd the words of the law.14
And they foundwritten in the law which the LORD had commandedbyeMoses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventhmonth: