Then His Excellency Nehemiah and the priest-scribe Ezra and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all the people, "Today is sacred to Yahweh your God. Do not be mournful, do not weep." For the people were all in tears as they listened to the words of the Law. He then said, "You may go; eat what is rich, drink what is sweet and send a helping to the man who has nothing prepared. For today is sacred to our Lord. Do not be sad: the joy of Yahweh is your stronghold."