(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:
(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.
(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.
(8) So they read in the book in the law
of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the
(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.
(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.
(11) So the Levites stilled all the
people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye
(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.