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So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:8 gave the sense. The Scriptures were written in Hebrew, but the people had no doubt used the Aramaic language while in Babylon, or possibly other languages while scattered in Assyria. Thus translation, as well as simple reading and exposition, would have been required for many of the people.

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