Nehemiah 8:10-12

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”
12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

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Nehemiah 8:10-12 Meaning and Commentary


Ezra being desired to bring forth the book of the law, read it to the people and others, expounded it to them, Ne 8:1-8 and Nehemiah exhorted the people to express joy and gladness on this occasion, which they did, Ne 8:9-12 and observing the feast of tabernacles was in the law commanded to be observed, they kept it very strictly and joyfully, Ne 8:13-18.

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Cross References 3

  • 1. 1 Samuel 25:8; S 2 Samuel 6:19; Esther 9:22; Luke 14:12-14
  • 2. S Leviticus 23:40; S Deuteronomy 12:18; Deuteronomy 16:11,14-15
  • 3. Esther 9:22
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