10 More to be desired are they than (A)gold,
    even much (B)fine gold;
(C)sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of (D)the honeycomb.

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(A)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. 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. 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. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, (B)“Amen, Amen,” (C)lifting up their hands. (D)And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

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10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and (A)send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, (A)“All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”

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27 because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me and have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.

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(A)All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
(B)But this is the one to whom I will look:
    he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word.

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