Understanding the Scriptures
|Were attentive (v. 3)||Listened carefully|
|Distinctly (v. 8)||Clearly|
|Sense (v. 8)||Meaning|
|Tirshatha (v. 9)||Governor|
|Portions (v. 10)||Some|
|Grieved (v. 11)||Pained|
Nehemiah 8:13–18—They Read in the Scriptures That They Should Dwell in “Booths”
The Jews in Ezra’s time discovered in the scriptures a commandment to “dwell in booths.” The commandment refers to the Feast of the Tabernacles, which was a sacred celebration the Lord first gave to Moses and the children of Israel (see Leviticus 23:33–44; Bible Dictionary, “feasts,” p. 673).
Studying the Scriptures
Find Important Words
Read Nehemiah 8:2–12 and make a list of the words you think best describe how the people felt about hearing Ezra read and explain the scriptures to them. You may want to highlight these words in your scriptures.
Choose one of the words you wrote in your list and tell about a time when you felt the same way; or, choose one of the words in the list and tell why you think the people responded the way they did when Ezra taught the scriptures.
Which words in Nehemiah 8:2–12 do you think describe what Ezra did to help the people have a great experience with the scriptures?