On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and having dust on their heads.1
References for Nehemiah 9:1
Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners.2 They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the wickedness of their fathers.3
References for Nehemiah 9:2
They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the LORD their God.