The Message audio Bible is now available on Bible Gateway! Click to learn more.
8:9 Nehemiah . . . Ezra . . . Levites. There was unity among all the leaders on this occasion.
This day is holy . . . do not mourn. Holiness and mourning are not mutually exclusive (Lev. 23:26–32; Is. 6:3–5), but it was clear that on this occasion sorrow would be inappropriate.