1 all the people gathered together z at the square in front of the Water Gate. a They asked Ezra the scribe b to bring the book of the law of Moses c that the Lord had given Israel. 2 On the first day of the seventh month, d Ezra the priest e brought the law f before the assembly of men, women, and all who could listen with understanding. 3 While he was facing the square in front of the Water Gate, g he read out of it from daybreak until noon before the men, the women, and those who could understand. All the people listened attentively h to the book of the law. i 4 Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform j made for this purpose. Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah stood beside him on his right; to his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hash-baddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5 Ezra opened the book in full view of all the people, since he was elevated above everyone. As he opened it, all the people stood up.
8:3 * The ears of all the people listened