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.
8:4 Ezra the scribe stood on a towering wooden platform 3 constructed for this purpose. Standing near him on his right were Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Masseiah. On his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
8:9 Then Nehemiah the governor, 4 Ezra the priestly scribe, 5 and the Levites who were imparting understanding to the people said to all of them, 6 “This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping when they heard the words of the law.
1 tn Heb “like one man.”
2 tn Heb “said [to].”
3 tn Heb “a tower of wood.”
4 tc The unexpected reference to Nehemiah here has led some scholars to suspect that the phrase “Nehemiah the governor” is a later addition to the text and not original.
5 tn Heb “the priest, the scribe.”
6 tn Heb “the people.” The pronoun has been used in the translation for stylistic reasons, to avoid redundancy.
7 tn Heb “the heads of the fathers.”
8 tn Heb “were gathered to”; NAB, NIV “gathered around”; NRSV “came together to.”