The Meaning of Nehemiah 8 Explained

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.  [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.  [3] And he read  therein before  the street  that was before  the water  gate  from the morning  until midday,  and the women,  and those that could understand;  and the ears  of all the people  were attentive unto the book  of the law.  [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.  [5] And Ezra  opened  the book  in the sight  of 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,  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  [8] So they read  in the book  in the law  of God  distinctly,  and gave  the sense,  and caused them to understand  the reading.  [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  eat  the fat,  and drink  the sweet,  and send  portions  unto them for whom nothing is prepared:  for this day  is holy  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 grieved.  [12] And all the people  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. [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.  [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:  [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,  of thick  trees,  to make  booths,  as it is written.  [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,  of the house  of God,  and in the street  of the water  gate,  and in the street  of the gate  of Ephraim.  [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.  [18] Also 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. 

What does Nehemiah 8 Mean?

Chapter Summary: Nehemiah 8

1  The reverent manner of reading and hearing the law
9  They comfort the people
13  The eagerness of the people to hear and be instructed
16  They keep the feast of tabernacles

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