1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the a; and they spake unto b the c to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.
2 And Ezra the priest brought the a 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, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the a of the law.
4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a a 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; (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 a of God b, and c, and caused them to understand the reading.
9 ¶And Nehemiah, which is the a, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that b the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; c not, nor weep. For all the people d, 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 a unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this b is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye c; for the joy of the Lord is your d.
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 went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great a, because they had b 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 a the words of the law.
14 And they found written in the law which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that a children of Israel should dwell in booths in the b 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, and 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, 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 a.
17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made a, and sat under the booths: for since the days of b the son of c unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.
18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he a in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a b, according unto the manner.