And Nehemiah, who is the governor, 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.
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George Leo Haydock
Interpreted. St. Jerome renders the same term, made silence, (ver. 7.) as it was the office of the Levites to keep the people in awe, ver. 11. (Calmet)
Protestants, "taught. "They had also (Haydock) to instruct, 1 Esdras viii. 16. (Menochius)
Weep. The Jews had only one feast for mourning, the day of expiation. On all the rest, a holy joy was commended. For the same reason, the Church does not fast on such days. (Calmet)
Law, reflecting on the threats denounced against transgressors, which they had so lately witnessed. (Tirinus)