``This Day Is Holy"

9 Then Nehemiah, who was the 1governor, and Ezra 2the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "3This day 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.
10 Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and 5send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved."
12 All the people went away to eat, to drink, 6to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, 7because they understood the words which had been made known to them.