Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing1 prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy2 of the LORD is your strength."
References for Nehemiah 8:10
The Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be still, for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve."
Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy,3 because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
References for Nehemiah 8:12