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 a scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
(a) Read (Ezra
8:2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the
congregation both of men and women, and all b
that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
(b) Who had age and discretion to understand.
8:3 And he read therein before the street that [was]
before the water gate from the morning until c
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.
(c) This declares the great zeal that the people
had to hear the word of God.
8:5 And Ezra opened the book in
the sight of all the people; (for he was d
above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
(d) So that his voice might be heard the better.
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 e
wept, when they heard the words of the law.
(e) In considering their offences against the
Law, therefore the Levites do not reprove them for mourning, but assure them
of God's mercies if they are repentant.
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 f
prepared: for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the g
joy of the LORD is your strength.
(f) That is, remember the poor.
(g) Rejoice in the Lord, and he will give you
So the people went forth, and brought [them], and made themselves booths, every
one upon the h 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.
(h) For their houses were made with flat roofs,
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 i
days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done
so. And there was very great gladness.
(i) Which was almost a thousand years.