Nehemiah 8:12
Good News Translation
So all the people went home and ate and drank joyfully and shared what they had with others, because they understood what had been read to them.

Contemporary English Version
When the people returned to their homes, they celebrated by eating and drinking and by sharing their food with those in need, because they had understood what had been read to them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So all the people went to eat and drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth: because they understood the words that he had taught them.

New American Bible
Then all the people began to eat and drink, to distribute portions, and to celebrate with great joy, for they understood the words that had been explained to them.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So all the people went to eat and drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth: because they understood the words that he had taught them.

to send

Nehemiah 8:10 And he said to them: Go, eat fat meats, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to them that have not prepared for themselves: because it is the holy day of the Lord, and be not sad: for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

to make

Psalm 126:1-3 A gradual canticle. When the Lord brought back the captivity of Sion, we became like men comforted. . . .

because

Nehemiah 8:7,8 Now Josue, and Bani, and Serebia, Jamin, Accub, Sephtai, Odia, Maasia, Celtia, Azarias, Jozabed, Hanan, Phalaia, the Levites, made silence among the people to hear the law: and the people stood in their place. . . .

Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commandments of his lips, and the words of his mouth I have hid in my bosom.

Psalm 19:8-11 The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts: the commandment of the Lord is lightsome, enlightening the eyes. . . .

Psalm 119:14,16,72,97,103,104,111,127 I have been delighted in the way of thy testimonies, as in all riches. . . .

,

Psalm 119:130,171,174 The declaration of thy words giveth light: and giveth understanding to little ones. . . .

Proverbs 2:10,11 Counsel shall keep thee, and prudence shall preserve thee, . . .

Proverbs 24:13,14 Eat honey, my son, because it is good, and the honeycomb most sweet to thy throat. . . .

Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was to me a joy and gladness of my heart: for thy name is called upon me, O Lord God of hosts.

Luke 24:32 And they said one to the other: Was not our heart burning within us, whilst he spoke in the way and opened to us the scriptures?

Romans 7:18 For I know that there dwelleth not in me, that is to say, in my flesh, that which is good. For to will is present with me: but to accomplish that which is good, I find not.

Context
Ezra Reads the Law
11And the Levites stilled all the people, saying: Hold your peace, for the day is holy, and be not sorrowful. 12So all the people went to eat and drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth: because they understood the words that he had taught them.
Cross References
Revelation 11:10
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them and make merry: and shall send gifts one to another, because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt upon the earth.

Nehemiah 8:7
Now Josue, and Bani, and Serebia, Jamin, Accub, Sephtai, Odia, Maasia, Celtia, Azarias, Jozabed, Hanan, Phalaia, the Levites, made silence among the people to hear the law: and the people stood in their place.

Nehemiah 8:8
And they read in the book of the law of God distinctly and plainly to be understood: and they understood when it was read.

Nehemiah 8:10
And he said to them: Go, eat fat meats, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to them that have not prepared for themselves: because it is the holy day of the Lord, and be not sad: for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Nehemiah 8:11
And the Levites stilled all the people, saying: Hold your peace, for the day is holy, and be not sorrowful.

Nehemiah 8:13
And on the second day the chiefs of the families of all the people, the priests, and the Levites were gathered together to Esdras the scribe, that he should interpret to them the words of the law.

Esther 9:22
Because on those days the Jews revenged themselves of their enemies, and their mourning and sorrow were turned into mirth and joy, and that these should be days of feasting and gladness, in which they should send one to another portions of meats, and should give gifts to the poor.

Additional Translations
Then all the people began to eat and drink, to send out portions, and to rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that had been made known to them.And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

So all the people departed to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, for they understood the words which he made known to them.

And all the people went their way, to eat and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great rejoicing. For they had understood the words that were declared to them.

And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

All the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

And all the people go to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great joy, because they have understood concerning the words that they made known to them.
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