Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8 (NRSV)
1 All the people
gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told
the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the
Lord had given to Israel.
the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and
women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the
first day of the seventh month.
3 He read from
it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until
midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could
understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the
book of the law.
5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people,
for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it,
all the people stood up.
6 Then Ezra blessed
the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen,
Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads
and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
8 So they read from the book, from the law of God, with
interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood
14 Then Jesus,
filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a
report about him spread through all the surrounding country.
15 He began to
teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
16 When he came
to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue
on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,
17 and the scroll
of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and
found the place where it was written:
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring
good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the
captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed
19 to proclaim
the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled
up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The
eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
21 Then he began
to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in