So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
So the Levites stilled all the people,.... Made them quiet and easy, being backed by the governor:
saying, Hold your peace; refrain from weeping and mourning:
for the day is holy; a festival, set apart for joy and gladness:
neither be ye grieved; inwardly; as they were not to show any signs of sorrow outwardly, so they were not to cherish grief inwardly.