Bible: Nehemiah 8:9-10

8:9 Then Nehemiah the governor, 1  Ezra the priestly scribe, 2  and the Levites who were imparting understanding to the people said to all of them, 3 This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping when they heard the words of the law. 8:10 He said to them, “Go and eat delicacies and drink sweet drinks and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared. For this day is holy to our Lord. 4  Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

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