New Living Translation
They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage.
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
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:8 They - Ezra and his companions successively. Sense - The meaning of the Hebrew words, which they expounded in the common language. Thy gave - So they gave them both a translation of the Hebrew words into the Chaldee, and an exposition of the things contained in them.
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The Levites--Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, and Pelaiah--then instructed the people in the Law while everyone remained in their places.
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, "Don't mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the LORD your God." For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God's words and understood them.
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