1 Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front
of the Water Gate; and they commanded Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of
Moses, which Jehovah had charged Israel.
2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women, and all
who could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.
3 And he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from
morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and
the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
4 So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose;
and beside him, at his right hand, stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and
Maaseiah; and at his left hand Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbadana,
Zechariah, and Meshullam.
5 And Ezra opened the book in the eyes of all the people, for he was standing above all
the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
6 And Ezra blessed Jehovah, the great God. Then all the people answered, Amen, Amen!
while lifting up their hands. And they bowed down and prostrated themselves before
Jehovah with their faces to the ground.
7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita,
Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, helped the people to understand the
Law; and the people stood in their place.
8 So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and
helped them to understand the reading.
9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who
taught the people said to all the people, This day is holy to Jehovah your God; do not
mourn nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the Words of the Law.
10 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to
those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for
the joy of Jehovah is your refuge.
11 So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, Be still, for the day is holy; do not be
12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly,
because they understood the Words that had been declared to them.
13 Now on the second day the heads of the fathers of all the people, with the priests and
Levites, were gathered to Ezra the scribe, in order to have insight into the Words of the
14 And they found written in the Law, which Jehovah had commanded by the hand of Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month,
15 and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying,
Go out to the mountain, and bring olive foliage, foliage of oil trees, myrtle foliage, palm
foliage, and foliage of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.
16 Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on
their roofs, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square
of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim.
17 So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and
sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children
of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness.
18 Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the
Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a solemn
assembly, according to the prescribed manner.