New International Version
The Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve."
King James Bible
So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
Darby Bible Translation
And the Levites quieted all the people, saying, Be still! for the day is holy; neither be grieved.
World English Bible
So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, "Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be grieved."
Young's Literal Translation
And the Levites are keeping all the people silent, saying, 'Be silent, for to-day is holy, and be not grieved.'
Nehemiah 8:11 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Eat the fat, and drink the sweet - Eat and drink the best that you have; and while ye are feeding yourselves in the fear of the Lord, remember those who cannot feast; and send portions to them, that the joy and the thanksgiving may be general. Let the poor have reason to rejoice as well as you.
For the joy of the Lord is your strength - This is no gluttonous and drunken festival that enervates the body, and enfeebles the mind: from your religious feast your bodies will acquire strength and your minds power and fervor, so that you shall be able to Do His will, and to do it cheerfully. Religious joy, properly tempered with continual dependence on the help of God, meekness of mind, and self-diffidence, is a powerful means of strengthening the soul. In such a state every duty is practicable, and every duty delightful. In such a frame of mind no man an ever fell, and in such a state of mind the general health of the body is much improved; a cheerful heart is not only a continual feast, but also a continual medicine.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJanuary 29. "Send Portions unto them for whom Nothing is Prepared" (Neh. viii. 10).
"Send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared" (Neh. viii. 10). That was a fine picture in the days of Nehemiah, when they were celebrating their glorious Feast of Tabernacles. "Neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared." How many there are on every side for whom nothing is prepared! Let us find out some sad and needy heart for whom there is no one else to think or care. …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
The Joy of the Lord, the Strength of his People
The Last Days of the Old Eastern World
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
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