Nehemiah 8:8

“So they read in the booke, in the Law of God distinctly, and gaue the sense, and caused them to vnderstand the reading.”

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Other Translations

So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused [them] to understand the reading.
- King James Version

They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they read in the book, in the law of God, distinctly; and they gave the sense, so that they understood the reading.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they gave out the words of the book the law of God, clearly, and gave the sense of it, so that their minds were able to take it in.
- Basic English Bible

And they read in the law of God distinctly out of the book, and gave the sense, and caused [them] to understand the reading.
- Darby Bible

So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
- Webster's Bible

They read in the book, in the law of God, distinctly; and they gave the sense, so that they understood the reading.
- World English Bible

and they read in the book, in the law of God, explaining -- so as to give the meaning, and they give understanding to the convocation.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And they read in the book, in the Law of God, distinctly; and they gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Nehemiah 8:8


8:8 They - Ezra and his companions successively. Sense - The meaning of the Hebrew words, which they expounded in the common language. Thy gave - So they gave them both a translation of the Hebrew words into the Chaldee, and an exposition of the things contained in them.


Discussion for Nehemiah 8

  • Lola Montgomery
    I weep at church all the time also Irene123 I love the LORD

  • BSP
    Verse 2~Worship should take place with all in the family. Both the men and the women were mentioned here and this would promote unity in the family.
  • Vickie Patterson
    Have blessed day love you
  • Irene123
    V.9 - " ... and all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law." There are a very few that will understand what I am going to say. At every church service - I weep; especially during the song/worship service, and many times during the Pastor's message. It's the sweet spirit that is there , touching everyone, but some don't respond as I do. Jesus is all there is to me.
  • Gwendolyn L Daniel
    Much of God's Word is integrity and we have to learn that
  • Irene123
    V. 5 - " ..... and all the people stood up." And Jesus stood to read from Esais (Isaiah) in Lk. 4. To stand at the reading of God's Word, to give Him respect, honor and glory; the least we can do (and so much more!!!) for what He did for us. He loves to be honored and glorified by His people, because it's what He has taught them - because He loves them; just like any father.

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