Nehemiah 8:8
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New International Version
They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

King James Bible
So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Darby Bible Translation
And they read in the law of God distinctly out of the book, and gave the sense, and caused [them] to understand the reading.

World English Bible
They read in the book, in the law of God, distinctly; and they gave the sense, so that they understood the reading.

Young's Literal Translation
and they read in the book, in the law of God, explaining -- so as to give the meaning, and they give understanding to the convocation.

Nehemiah 8:8 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

So they read in the book - For an explanation of this verse, see the observations at the end of the chapter, Nehemiah 8:17 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

and gave the sense

Habakkuk 2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it.

Matthew 5:21,22,27,28 You have heard that it was said of them of old time, You shall not kill; and whoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment...

Luke 24:27,32,45 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself...

Acts 8:30-35 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understand you what you read...

Acts 17:2,3 And Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures...

Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God...

Library
January 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
LAST Sabbath day in the morning I spoke of the birth of our Saviour as being full of joy to the people of God, and, indeed, to all nations. We then looked at the joy from a distance; we will now in contemplation draw nearer to it, and perhaps as we consider it, and remark the multiplied reasons for its existence, some of those reasons may operate upon our own hearts, and we may go out of this house of prayer ourselves partakers of the exceeding great joy. We shall count it to have been a successful
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

The Last Days of the Old Eastern World
The Median wars--The last native dynasties of Egypt--The Eastern world on the eve of the Macedonian conquest. [Drawn by Boudier, from one of the sarcophagi of Sidon, now in the Museum of St. Irene. The vignette, which is by Faucher-Gudin, represents the sitting cyno-cephalus of Nectanebo I., now in the Egyptian Museum at the Vatican.] Darius appears to have formed this project of conquest immediately after his first victories, when his initial attempts to institute satrapies had taught him not
G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 9

Its Effects.
Among the effects and benefits which in this life accompany and flow from being filled with the Holy Ghost, may be mentioned the following:-- 1. Courage. "Oh, I could not do so and so--I have not the courage," is a reply frequently made by Christian people when asked to undertake some piece of service or other for the Master. The first point to be settled is, "Is that the Master's will for me?" If so, lack of courage is a confession to the lack of the "Fullness of the Holy Ghost." The Spirit-filled
John MacNeil—The Spirit-Filled Life

Cross References
Ezra 4:18
The letter you sent us has been read and translated in my presence.

Nehemiah 8:7
The Levites--Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah--instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there.

Nehemiah 8:9
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, "This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep." For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

Nehemiah 8:12
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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