Nehemiah 8:3
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English Standard Version
And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.

King James Bible
And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.

American Standard Version
And he read therein before the broad place that was before the water gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women, and of those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he read it plainly in the street that was before the water gate, from the morning until midday, before the men, and the women, and all those that could understand: and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book.

English Revised Version
And he read therein before the broad place that was before the water gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women, and of those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he read therein before the street that was before the water-gate from the morning until mid-day, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.

Nehemiah 8:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

And God put into my heart, i.e., God inspired me with the resolution; comp. Nehemiah 2:12. What resolution, is declared by the sentences following, which detail its execution. The resolution to gather together the nobles and rulers of the people for the purpose of making a list of their kinsmen, and thus to obtain a basis for the operations contemplated for increasing the inhabitants of Jerusalem. והסּגנים החרים are combined, as in Nehemiah 2:16. On התיחשׂ, comp. 1 Chronicles 5:17.

While this resolve was under consideration, Nehemiah found the register, i.e., the genealogical registry, of those who came up at first (from Babylon). בּראשׁונה, at the beginning, i.e., with Zerubbabel and Joshua under Cyrus (Ezra 2), and not subsequently with Ezra (Ezra 7). "And I found written therein." These words introduce the list now given. This list, vv. 6-73a, is identical with that in Ezra 2, and has been already discussed in our remarks on that chapter.

Nehemiah 8:3 Parallel Commentaries

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he read

Luke 4:16-20 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day...

Acts 13:15,27 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, You men and brothers...

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

morning. Heb. light

Acts 20:7,11 And on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them, ready to depart on the morrow...

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...

ears

Matthew 7:28,29 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine...

Mark 12:37 David therefore himself calls him Lord; and from where is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how you hear: for whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not...

Luke 19:48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us...

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us...

Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip...

Revelation 2:29 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches.

Revelation 3:22 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches.

Cross References
Nehemiah 8:1
And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel.

Nehemiah 8:4
And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand.

Nehemiah 8:5
And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood.

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