6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people responded, 'Amen, Amen,' lifting up their hands. And they bowed down, and they adored God, facing the ground.
7 Then Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, caused the people to be silent in order to hear the law. And the people were standing on their feet.
8 And they read from the book of the law of God, distinctly and plainly, so as to be understood. And when it was read, they did understand.
9 Then Nehemiah (the same is the cupbearer) and Ezra, the priest and scribe, and the Levites, who were interpreting for all the people, said: 'This day has been sanctified to the Lord our God. Do not mourn, and do not weep.' For all of the people were weeping, as they were listening to the words of the law.
10 And he said to them: 'Go, eat fat foods and drink sweet drinks, and send portions to those who have not prepared for themselves. For it is the holy day of the Lord. And do not be sad. For the joy of the Lord is also our strength.'