8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it cleara and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.
9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levitesq who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.”r For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothings prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joyt of the Lord is your strength.”