And all the peoplegathered as oneman at the squarewhich was in front of 1the WaterGate, and they aasked2Ezra the scribe to bring3the book of the law of Moseswhich the LORD had bgiven to Israel.
Then 4Ezra the priestbrought the lawbefore the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on 5the firstday of the seventhmonth.
He read from it before the squarewhich was in front of 6the WaterGate from cearlymorninguntilmidday , in the presence of men and women, those who could understand ; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.
4Ezra the scribestood at a woodenpodiumwhich they had made for the purpose. And beside him stoodMattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his righthand ; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam on his lefthand.
5Ezraopened7the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing aboveall the people ; and when he opened it, all the people8stood up.
Then Ezrablessed the LORD the greatGod. And all the peopleanswered, "9Amen, Amen !" while lifting up their hands ; then 10they bowedlow and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, explained the law to the people while the people remained in their place.
They read from the book, from the law of God, dtranslating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.
Then Nehemiah, who was the e11governor, and Ezra12the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the peoplesaid to all the people, "13Thisday is holy to the LORD your God ; 14do not mourn or weep." For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.
Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and 15sendportions to him who has nothingprepared ; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
So the Levitescalmedall the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy ; do not be grieved."
12All the peoplewent away to eat, to drink, 16to sendportions and to fcelebrate a greatfestival, 17because they understood the wordswhich had been madeknown to them.
Then on the secondday the heads of fathers' households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gaininsight into the words of the law.
They foundwritten in the lawhow the LORD had commandedthroughMoses that the sons of Israel18should live in booths during the feast of the seventhmonth.
15g19So they proclaimed and circulated a proclamation in all their cities and 20in Jerusalem, saying, "21Go out to the hills, and bringolivebranches and hwildolivebranches, myrtlebranches, palmbranches and branches of other leafytrees, to makebooths, as it is written."
So the peoplewent out and brought them and madebooths for themselves, each22on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at 23the WaterGate and in the square at 24the Gate of Ephraim.
The entireassembly of those who had returned from the captivitymadebooths and lived in ithem. The sons of Israel25had indeed not doneso from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to that day. And 26there was greatrejoicing.
1827He read from the book of the law of Goddaily, from the firstday to the lastday. And they 28celebrated the feastsevendays, and on 29the eighthday there was a solemnassembly according to the ordinance.