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Nehemiah Chapter 8: Ezra Reads the Law to the People
Ezra Reads the Law to the People
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, 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.

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; (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 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 unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: 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 went their way 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:

Nehemiah Chapter 8: Reading and Obeying the Law
Reading and Obeying the Law
Nehemiah Chapter 8 : 14

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 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 by 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.

 


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Matthew Henry's Nehemiah Chapter 8 Bible commentary...



The reading and expounding the law. (1-8) The people called upon to be joyful. (9-12) The feast of tabernacles, The joy of the people. (13-18)1-8 Sacrifices were to be offered only at the door of the temple; but praying and preaching were, and are, services of religion, as acceptably performed in one place as in another. Masters of families should bring their families with them to the public worship of God. Women and children have souls to save, and are therefore to acquaint themselves with the word of God, and to attend on the means of grace. Little ones, as they come to reason, must be trained up in religion. Ministers when they go to the pulpit, should take their Bibles with them; Ezra did so. Thence they must fetch their knowledge; according to that rule they must speak, and must show that they do so. Reading the Scriptures in religious assemblies is an ordinance of God, whereby he is honoured, and his church edified. Those who hear the word, should understand it, else it is to them but an empty sound of words. It is therefore required of teachers that they explain the word, and give the sense of it. Reading is good, and preaching is good, but expounding makes reading the better understood, and preaching the more convincing. It has pleased God in almost every age of the church to raise up, not only those who have preached the gospel, but also those who have given their views of Divine truth in writing; and though many who have attempted to explain Scripture, have darkened counsel by words without knowledge, yet the labours of others are of excellent use. All that we hear must, however, be brought to the test of Scripture. They heard readily, and minded every word. The word of God demands attention. If through carelessness we let much slip in hearing, there is danger that through forgetfulness we shall let all slip after hearing.

9-12 It was a good sign that their hearts were tender, when they heard the words of the law. The people were to send portions to those for whom nothing was prepared. It is the duty of a religious feast, as well as of a religious fast, to draw out the soul to the hungry; God's bounty should make us bountiful. We must not only give to those that offer themselves, but send to those out of sight. Their strength consisted in joy in the Lord. The better we understand God's word, the more comfort we find in it; the darkness of trouble arises from the darkness of ignorance.

13-18 They found written in the law about the feast of tabernacles. Those who diligently search the Scriptures, find things written there which they have forgotten. This feast of tabernacles was a representation of the believer's tabernacle state in this world, and a type of the holy joy of the gospel church. The conversion of the nations to the faith of Christ, is foretold under the figure of this feast, #Zec 14:16|. True religion will render us strangers and pilgrims upon earth. We read and hear the word acceptably and profitably, when we do according to what is written therein; when what appears to be our duty is revived, after it has been neglected. They minded the substance; else the ceremony had been of no use. They did it, rejoicing in God and his goodness. These are the means which the Spirit of God crowns with success, in bringing the hearts of sinners to tremble and to become humbled before God. But those are enemies to their own growth in holiness, who always indulge sorrow, even for sin, and put away from them the consolations tendered by the word and Spirit of God.

 


Recent Comments for Nehemiah Chapter 8...

 


FELLY NZEMBA's Nehemiah Chapter 8 comment about verse 10 on 12/16/2013, 7:20am...

WAT A SUCH TIMELY WORD???? LETZ CONTINUE IN HIM FOR HE IS FAITHFUL ENOUGH

 


Gerhard's Nehemiah Chapter 8 comment on 11/06/2013, 3:07pm...

Just preached about Nehemiah 8:10. The people had every reason to burst into tears because of their history of sin and punishment, which was touched by the reading of the books of Moses. But Gods message at that point is: rejoice! and have a feast devoted to me, for the joy in the Lord is your shelter. because the Lord is merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth (Ex.34:6). So He proved to us in Jesus Christ. Rejoice in the Lord always!

 


Ann johnson's Nehemiah Chapter 8 comment on 10/16/2013, 11:24pm...

This comment is to Andi Meekcold. Jesus came to bring life to all who will believe in His death, burial, and resurrection. He took your sins upon himself, Andi, so you would not have to go to hell. He is our sacrifice for sin. We receive the atonement through obedience to Acts 2:37,38. Repent(ask forgiveness for all wrongdoing and turn from evil), be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, and the Lord will fill you with the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in tongues. He died for you, Andi. Find an Apostolic Holiness or United Pentecostal Church and attend to hear what you must do to be saved. God bless you.

 


Juan ruiz's Nehemiah Chapter 8 comment about verse 10 on 9/22/2013, 9:11am...

Very encouraging an inspiring verse has made mefeel relief to feel the presence of our lord next to me

 


Andi Meekcold's Nehemiah Chapter 8 comment on 8/04/2013, 9:45am...

Helps me understand the tradition of Jesus's death and blood

 


Ellen's Nehemiah Chapter 8 comment on 6/14/2013, 7:34am...

I wonder why the Decalogue is never read at our major yearly convocations, i.e. Camp Meeting. I think it help new believers understand what we believe and remind those who have forgotten, the standard we are called to.

 


Housty's Nehemiah Chapter 8 comment about verse 2 on 10/18/2011, 12:32pm...

Would i be anywhere near the mark to think that the first public reading of scripture was a civic even? The principal of separation of state and the christian church could be seen as under threat and many people wonder what that could mean?

 


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