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.
2And 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.
3And 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.
4And 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.
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
6And 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.
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.
8So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and
caused them to understand the reading.
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
10Then 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.
11So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye
12And 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
13And 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.
14And 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
15And 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.
16So 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.
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.
18Also 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.