Ezra, the Priest - Nehemiah 8

Nehemiah 8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as  one man into the street that was before the water gate; and  they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law  of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. 

Nehemiah 8:2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation  both of men and women, and all that could hear with  understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.   

Nehemiah 8:3 And he read therein before the street that was before  the water gate from the morning until midday, before the  men and the women, and those that could understand; and  the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of  the law. 

Nehemiah 8:4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of  wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him  stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and  Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left  hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum,  and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 

Nehemiah 8:5 And  Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he  was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the  people stood up: 

Nehemiah 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the  great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with  lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and  worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.  

Nehemiah 8:7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub,  Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad,  Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to  understand the law: and the people stood in their place.  

Nehemiah 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly,  and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the  reading.  


Nehemiah 8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra  the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people,  said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD  your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept,  when they heard the words of the law. 

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said  unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet,  and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:  for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry;  for the joy of the LORD is your strength. 

Nehemiah 8:11 So the  Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for  the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. 

Nehemiah 8:12 And all the  people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send  portions, and to make great mirth, because they had  understood the words that were declared unto them.  

Nehemiah 8:13 And on the second day were gathered together the  chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the  Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words  of the law. 

Nehemiah 8:14 And they found written in the law which  the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of  Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh  month: 

Nehemiah 8:15 And that they should publish and proclaim in  all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the  mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and  myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick  trees, to make booths, as it is written.  

Nehemiah 8:16 So the people went forth, and brought them, and  made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his  house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of  God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of  the gate of Ephraim. 

Nehemiah 8:17 And all the congregation of  them that were come again out of the captivity made booths,  and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the  son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done  so. And there was very great gladness. 

Nehemiah 8:18 Also day by  day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book  of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and  on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto  the manner.