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Nehemia 8:1-18

1ɔmanfo no nyinaa hyiaa wɔ wɔn Asuten Pon no ano. Ɔmanfo no ka kyerɛɛ Ɛsra a ɔyɛ mmara no kyerɛkyerɛfo no se ɔnkenkan Mose mmara a Awurade ahyɛ sɛ Israelfo nni so no. 2Enti ɔsram Tisri (bɛyɛ Ahinime) da a ɛto so awotwe no, ɔsɔfo Ɛsra de krataa mmobɔwee a mmara no wɔ mu no baa bagua a mmarima ne mmea ne wɔn a wotumi te asɛm ase no nyinaa no anim. 3Ɔde nʼani kyerɛɛ aguabɔbea wɔ Asuten Pon no ano, fi anɔpahema kosii owigyinae kenkan mmara no den, maa obiara a ɔte ase no tee. Ɔmanfo no nyinaa wɛn wɔn aso tiee mmara no.

4Ɛsra a ɔyɛ mmara no kyerɛkyerɛfo no gyinaa apa tenten bi a wosi maa saa da no so. Nnipa a na wogyinagyina ne nifa so no din de Matitia, Sema, Anaia, Uria, Hilkia ne Maaseia. Wɔn a na wogyinagyina ne benkum so no din de Pedaia, Misael, Malkia, Hasum, Hasbadana, Sakaria ne Mesulam.

5Ɛsra gyinaa apa no so a nnipadɔm no nyinaa hu no. Bere a wohuu sɛ wabue nhoma no mu no, wɔn nyinaa sɔresɔre gyinaa wɔn anan so. 6Na Ɛsra kamfoo Awurade, Otumfo Nyankopɔn, na ɔmanfo no bɔ gyee so se, “Amen! Amen!” bere a na wɔmemamema wɔn nsa so akyerɛɛ soro. Afei, wɔkotokotow, som Awurade a wɔn anim butubutuw fam.

7Afei, Lewifo a wɔn din de Yesua, Bani, Serebia, Yamin, Akub, Sabetai, Hodia, Maaseia, Kelita, Asaria, Yosabad, Hanan ne Pelaia kyerɛɛ ɔmanfo a wogyinagyina hɔ no nea wɔnyɛ. 8Wɔkenkan fii Onyankopɔn mmara nhoma no mu kyerɛɛ wɔn nea wɔkenkanee no ase, boaa ɔmanfo no ma wɔtee ɔkasapɛn biara ase.

9Na amrado Nehemia, ɔsɔfo Ɛsra a na ɔyɛ mmara no kyerɛkyerɛfo ne Lewifo a na wɔrekyerɛkyerɛ ase akyerɛ ɔmanfo no ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Munnsu da a ɛte sɛɛ yi! Efisɛ nnɛ yɛ da kronkron wɔ Awurade, mo Nyankopɔn, anim.” Nnipa no tee mmara no mu nsɛm no, wɔn nyinaa sui.

10Na Nehemia toaa so sɛ, “Momfa nnuan pa ne anonne a ɛyɛ dɛ nkodi afahyɛ no na mo ne wɔn a wonni nnuan pa a wɔanoa no nnidi. Nnɛ yɛ da kronkron wɔ Awurade anim. Munnni abooboo ne awerɛhow, na Awurade mu anigye no yɛ ahoɔden.”

11Na Lewifo no nso kasae se, “Hwɛ! Munnsu. Efisɛ nnɛ yɛ da kronkron” de dwudwoo wɔn.

12Na nnipa no kodidii, kyɛɛ nnuan, nomee, dii dapɔnna no anigye so, efisɛ wɔtee Onyankopɔn nsɛm no, tee ase.

13Na ɔsram Tisri (bɛyɛ Ahinime) da a ɛto so akron no, mmusua ntuanofo no ne asɔfo no ne Lewifo no ne Ɛsra hyiae sɛ, wɔrehwehwɛ mmara no mu fekɔfekɔ. 14Wɔkɔɔ mmara no mu no, wohuu sɛ Awurade nam Mose so ahyɛ sɛ, ɛsɛ sɛ Israelfo no tena asese mu afahyɛ a wɔrebedi no saa ɔsram no mu no. 15Waka se, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔbɔ ɔhyɛ no ho dawuru wɔ wɔn nkurow nyinaa so, ne titirw no, Yerusalem nam so aka akyerɛ ɔmanfo no se, wɔnkɔ nkoko so nkɔhwehwɛ ngodua mman, kranku mman, ohuamnnua mman, bere ne nnua kusukusuu mman, na wɔmfa mmɛbobɔ asese ntena mu, sɛnea wɔakyerɛw no mmara no mu no.

16Enti nnipa no kotwitwaa nnua mman, na wɔde sisii asese wɔ wɔn afi, wɔn adiwo, Onyankopɔn asɔredan adiwo anaa aguabɔbea a ɛwowɔ Asuten Pon no ne Efraim Pon no mu. 17Enti obiara a wafi afiasenna mu aba no kɔtenaa saa asese yi mu wɔ afahyɛbere no mu nnanson; na obiara ani gyee yiye. Efi Nun babarima Yosua bere so no, na Israelfo nnii afahyɛ no wɔ saa kwan yi so da.

18Ɛsra de nnanson kenkan Onyankopɔn mmara nhoma no wɔ afahyɛ no ase da biara, efi da a edi kan de kosi da a etwa to. Afei, Tisri ɔsram (bɛyɛ Ahinime) da a ɛto so dunum no, wɔyɛɛ nhyiamu, sɛnea Mose mmara no kyerɛ no.

New International Version

Nehemiah 8:1-18

1all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel.

2So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. 3He 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.

4Ezra 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.

5Ezra 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. 6Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

7The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. 8They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear8:8 Or God, translating it and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

9Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

11The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

12Then 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.

13On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the teacher to give attention to the words of the Law. 14They found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month 15and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”—as it is written.8:15 See Lev. 23:37-40.

16So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves temporary shelters on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim. 17The whole company that had returned from exile built temporary shelters and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great.

18Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God. They celebrated the festival for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly.