American Standard Version (ASV)
“8 And they read in the book, in the ‘law’ [mishphat: judgement, worthy, etc..] of ‘God’ [ha-‘Elohiym: the-Magistrates, the-Judges, etc..], distinctly; and they gave the sense, so that they understood the reading.”
If you don’t know, then how can you go, is the idea here; which puts into perspective an original mindset on prayer. In Hebrew prayer is defined as meditation, which leads to understanding, the core reason for a Bible. After all, is not salvation a product of our actions? The Creator’s Wisdom, in part later seen in YH’shua (YH saves), said as much, that as believers we should follow in his example of obedience to same (see John 14:12). Above, the Israelites are reintroduced to the Word but most importantly are told they must do more than just listen, they must understand it; why? so they can apply it. Also see Psalms 1:1-3.
May it be so, ‘Amein’ [Amen: So be it, Truth, etc..].
Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon:
G-d: 430 ‘elohiym el-o-heem’ plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:–angels, X exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty. https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/h430/kjv/wlc/0-1/
Angel(s): 4397 mal’ak mal-awk’ [plural Malik] from an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of ‘God’ [‘Elohiym: Magistrates, Angels, etc.], i.e. an ‘angel’ [malak: messenger(s), etc..] (also a prophet, priest or teacher[-s]): (heavenly)–ambassador[s], angel, king, messenger. https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/h4397/nkjv/wlc/0-1/
Law: מִשְׁפָּט mishpâṭ, mish-pawt’; from H8199; properly, a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (participant’s) divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly, justice, including a participant’s right or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style:— adversary, ceremony, charge, × crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just(-ice, -ly), (manner of) law(-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence(-NESS), usest, × worthy(-NESS), wrong. https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/h4941/kjv/wlc/0-1/
Pray(-er): שִׂיחַ sîyach, see’-akh; a primitive root; to ponder, i.e. (by implication) converse (with oneself, and hence, aloud) or (transitively) utter:—commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray, speak, talk (with). https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=H7878
Significance of the Name of the ‘Elohiym of Israel:
“Moses says: May I say who sent me? He asks for ‘God’s‘ [‘Elohiym’s] name. The Israelites will want to know who has sent me, and ‘God’ [‘Elohiym] replies with a sentence, “Ehyeh asher ehyeh.” This is a first person sentence that can be translated, “I am who I am”, or perhaps, “I will be who I will be,”.. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_that_I_Am
The name that is the Word and Works of Abraham’s ‘Elohiym! The ‘expressions’ (ruwach: spirit, etc..) of the ‘Elohiym of Abraham (YHWH).
Used an emphatic statement, that of YH’s wisdom, as defined by the word ‘spirit‘ (ruwach: expression of a rational being, (the)mind, etc..], as seen in the heavenly ‘angels’ (malik: messengers, ambassadors, etc..); also in appointed men, women, and prophets, leading to ‘YH’shua’ (YH Saves – leading to us, the body. (Please see: John 14:12).
May, “YHWH bless you and keep you!” Numbers 6: 24-26.