Then Nehemiah, who was the a1governor, and Ezra2the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the peoplesaid to all the people, "3Thisday is holy to the LORD your God; 4do 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 5sendportions 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, 6to sendportions and to bcelebrate a greatfestival, 7because they understood the wordswhich had been madeknown to them.