Nehemiah 8:12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.
While the children of Israel had been in captivity for seventy plus years, they were taught to use the Aramaic language used by the Babylonians and the Persians. They had stopped using the Hebrew language, in which the Books of the Law were written, for daily conversation. So when Ezra stood to read the Books of the Law, not everyone understood all the wording. In Nehemiah 8:9 it says; “And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.” Once they understood what was said, verse 12 says they were rejoicing, “because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.” They considered themselves so fortunate to have the words of God, that verse 13 says the families fathers and the leadership came back the next day for more. Not only did they read it, they did what it said.
With all the arguing today over the different versions of the Bible, do we ever stop and just consider ourselves fortunate to even have the very words of God to read, and to study. The Jewish scholars still have those first five books in their original language. However, there are sixty one more books following them we have today.
Most people know, I still use the King James Bible. I’m old and still believe it’s the closest thing we have to the original manuscripts in the English language. That said, I consider people fortunate today to have God’s word so readily available to read.
Do you consider yourself fortunate?
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