Nehemiah 8:12
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
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.

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

New American Standard Bible
All the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then all the people began to eat and drink, send portions, and have a great celebration, because they had understood the words that were explained to them.

International Standard Version
So all the people went to eat, to drink, to send something to those who had nothing, and to celebrate with great joy, because they understood the words that were being declared to them.

NET Bible
So all the people departed to eat and drink and to share their food with others and to enjoy tremendous joy, for they had gained insight in the matters that had been made known to them.

New Heart English Bible
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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then all the people went to eat and drink and to send portions. They had a big, joyful celebration because they understood the words that had been explained to them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
And all the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And all the people went to eat and to drink and to send portions and to rejoice with great joy because they had understood the words that were taught unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
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.

Young's Literal Translation
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.
Study Bible
This Day is Holy
11So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved." 12All the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them. 13Then on the second day the heads of fathers' households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law.…
Cross References
Revelation 11:10
And those who dwell on the earth will gloat over them, and will celebrate and send one another gifts, because these two prophets had tormented them.

Nehemiah 8:7
Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, explained the law to the people while the people remained in their place.

Nehemiah 8:8
They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.

Nehemiah 8:10
Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

Nehemiah 8:11
So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved."

Nehemiah 8:13
Then on the second day the heads of fathers' households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law.

Esther 9:22
because on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

to send

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, …

to make

Psalm 126:1-3 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them …

because

Nehemiah 8:7,8 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah…

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Psalm 19:8-11 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment …

Psalm 119:14,16,72,97,103,104,111,127 I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches…

Psalm 119:130,171,174 The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple…

Proverbs 2:10,11 When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul…

Proverbs 24:13,14 My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which …

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me …

Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while …

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: …

(12) They had understood.--They had caught the meaning of the command to rejoice.

Verse 12. - To make great mirth. Or "great rejoicing," not "mirth" in the sense which the word now commonly bears.

CHAPTER 8:13-18 And all the people went their way to eat and to drink,.... Freely and cheerfully:

and to send portions; to the poor, who had nothing to eat and drink:

and to make great mirth; with music, vocal and instrumental:

because they had understood the words that were declared unto them; the meaning of the several laws read and explained unto them, whereby they better understood their duty, and in what instances and in what manner it was to be performed; how much more reason is there for joy and gladness, when the Gospel, and the doctrines of it, are clearly known and understood? Psalm 89:15. 8:9-12 It was a good sign that their hearts were tender, when they heard the words of the law. The people were to send portions to those for whom nothing was prepared. It is the duty of a religious feast, as well as of a religious fast, to draw out the soul to the hungry; God's bounty should make us bountiful. We must not only give to those that offer themselves, but send to those out of sight. Their strength consisted in joy in the Lord. The better we understand God's word, the more comfort we find in it; the darkness of trouble arises from the darkness of ignorance.
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