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Nehemiah 8:11

11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

Read Nehemiah 8:11 Using Other Translations

So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved."
And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.”

What does Nehemiah 8:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Nehemiah 8:11

So the Levites stilled all the people
Made them quiet and easy, being backed by the governor:

saying, hold your peace;
refrain from weeping and mourning:

for the day is holy;
a festival, set apart for joy and gladness:

neither be ye grieved;
inwardly; as they were not to show any signs of sorrow outwardly, so they were not to cherish grief inwardly.

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