Esdras continued the public reading of the Law every day of the feast ; and two days after its close a strict fast was held, and "they stood, and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers" ( Nehemiah 9:2 ).
The reading was resumed on the next day by Esdras, and they found in the Law the directions concerning the feast of the Tabernacles.
Thereupon steps were at once taken for the due celebration of this feast, which was to last seven days, from the fifteenth to the twenty-second day of Tishri.
Standing on a platform, Esdras read the book aloud "from the morning until midday".
At hearing the words of the Law, which they had so much transgressed, the congregation broke forth into lamentations unsuited to the holiness of the day; Nehemias therefore adjourned the assembly.
No doubt this event had rekindled the enthusiasm of the people; and to comply with the popular demand, Esdras brought the Book of the Law.