Bible: Nehemiah 8:9-12

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.”

8:11 Then the Levites quieted all the people saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy. Do not grieve.” 8:12 So all the people departed to eat and drink and to share their food 5  with others 6  and to enjoy tremendous joy, 7  for they had gained insight in the matters that had been made known to them.

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