New International Version
Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up.
King James Bible
And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
Darby Bible Translation
And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
World English Bible
Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
Young's Literal Translation
And Ezra openeth the book before the eyes of all the people -- for above all the people he hath been -- and at his opening it all the people have stood up,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
All the people stood up - This was out of respect to the sacred word: in imitation of this, when the gospel for the day is read in our churches, all the people stand up.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
sight. Heb. eyes. stood up
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
Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, "I have a message from God for you." As the king rose from his seat,
1 Kings 8:12
Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;
He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. Beside him on his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah; and on his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.
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