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Nehemiah 8:5-15 (King James Version)

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5 And Ezra opened the book in the sighta 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,b 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 understandc the words of the law. 14 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded byd 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 .
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