Nehemiah 8:13-18 (New American Standard)

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Feast of Booths Restored

13 Then on the second day the heads of fathers' households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law. 14 They found written in the law how the LORD had commanded through Moses that the sons of Israel 1should live in booths during the feast of the seventh month. 15 a2So they proclaimed and circulated a proclamation in all their cities and 3in Jerusalem, saying, "4Go out to the hills, and bring olive branches and bwild olive branches, myrtle branches, palm branches and branches of other leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written." 16 So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each 5on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at 6the Water Gate and in the square at 7the Gate of Ephraim. 17 The entire assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in cthem. The sons of Israel 8had indeed not done so from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to that day. And 9there was great rejoicing. 18 10He read from the book of the law of God daily, from the first day to the last day. And they 11celebrated the feast seven days, and on 12the eighth day there was a solemn assembly according to the ordinance.
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