81 Everyone in Israel listened to Ezra as he read the Torah to them. 6 He blessed God, and all the people answered, "Amen, Amen", while they lifted up their hands, bowed their heads, and touched their faces to the ground.
9 Nehemiah and Ezra said to all the people, “This is a holy day. Don't mourn or weep.”
(Everyone was weeping when they heard the words of the law.) 10 Then they said, “Go and eat the fat, drink the sweet, and don't be sorry.” 12 So all the people ate, drank, and were happy.
16 The people made booths and sat under the booths. And there was a very great gladness.
18 And Ezra read the book of the law for seven days.
The Levites' prayer
91 Everyone in Israel fasted, wore sackcloth, and put dirt on themselves.
2 They separated themselves from foreigners and confessed their sins. 3 For three hours, they stood and read God's book of the law. Then they confessed and worshiped God for another three hours.
4 After they were done with that, the Levites cried out with a loud voice, and said a long prayer.
101-39 A list of the people who agreed not to intermarry with non-Israelites.
111-36 The people cast lots to determine who will live in Jerusalem
131 That day they read in the book of Moses that they should not allow any Ammonites and Moabites to enter their congregation forever. 2 Because they didn't give the Israelites food and water but hired Balaam to curse them. (Even though God turned the curse into a blessing.)
23 But still some men married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. And their children were speaking foreign languages.
25 So I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote some of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, and said to them,
You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.
29 Remember them, Oh God, because they have defiled the priesthood.
31 Remember me, Oh God, for all the good things I've done.
A few more words about this episode
A list of people returning from Babylon (7:1-71)
Here we find the same long, boring list that is given in the second chapter of Ezra. The only interesting thing about these two lists is that they directly contradict one another. For instance, Nehemiah 7:10 says that 652 children of Arah returned from captivity in Babylon, while Ezra 2:5 says that 775 of them returned. There are 15 similar contradictions between the two accounts.