8:1 all the people gathered together 1 in the plaza which was in front of the Water Gate. They asked 2 Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the LORD had commanded Israel.
8:3 So he read it before the plaza in front of the Water Gate from dawn till noon 3 before the men and women and those children who could understand. 4 All the people were eager to hear 5 the book of the law.
8:16 So the people went out and brought these things 6 back and constructed temporary shelters for themselves, each on his roof and in his courtyard and in the courtyards of the temple 7 of God and in the plaza of the Water Gate and the plaza of the Ephraim Gate.
1 tn Heb “like one man.”
2 tn Heb “said [to].”
3 tn Heb “from the light till the noon of the day.”
4 tn Heb “all who could hear with understanding.” The word “children” is understood to be implied here by a number of English versions (e.g., NAB, TEV, NLT).
5 tn Heb “the ears of all the people were toward.”
6 tn The words “these things” are not in the Hebrew text but have been supplied in the translation for clarity.
7 tn Heb “the house.”