Ezra 10


10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed,
 weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there
 assembled to him out of Israel a very great congregation of men
 and women and children: for the people wept very bitterly.
10:2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, [one] of the sons of
 Elam, answered and said to Ezra, We have trespassed against our
 God, and have taken foreign wives of the people of the land:
 yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.
10:3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put
 away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to
 the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the
 commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the
 law.
10:4 Arise; for [this] matter [belongeth] to thee: we also [will
 be] with thee: be of good courage, and do [it].
10:5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites,
 and all Israel, to swear that they would do according to this
 word. And they swore.
10:6 Then Ezra arose from before the house of God, and went into
 the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and [when] he came
 thither, he ate no bread, nor drank water: for he mourned
 because of the transgression of them that had been carried
 away.
10:7 And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem
 to all the children of the captivity, that they should assemble
 at Jerusalem;
10:8 And that whoever would not come within three days,
 according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his
 substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the
 congregation of those that had been carried away.
10:9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled at
 Jerusalem within three days. It [was] the ninth month, and the
 twentieth [day] of the month; and all the people sat in the
 street of the house of God, trembling because of [this] matter,
 and for the great rain.
10:10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said to them, Ye have
 transgressed, and have taken foreign wives to increase the
 trespass of Israel.
10:11 Now therefore make confession to the LORD God of your
 fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the
 people of the land, and from the foreign wives.
10:12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud
 voice, As thou hast said, so must we do.
10:13 But the people [are] many, and [it is] a time of much
 rain, and we are not able to stand abroad, neither [is this] a
 work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed
 in this thing.
10:14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let
 all them who have taken foreign wives in our cities come at
 appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and
 its judges, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter
 shall be turned from us.
10:15 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of
 Tikvah were employed about this [matter]: and Meshullam and
 Shabbethai the Levite helped them.
10:16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the
 priest, [with] certain chief of the fathers, after the house of
 their fathers, and all of them by [their] names, were
 separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to
 examine the matter.
10:17 And they made an end with all the men that had taken
 foreign wives by the first day of the first month.
10:18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that
 had taken foreign wives: [namely], of the sons of Jeshua the
 son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and
 Jarib, and Gedaliah.
10:19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their
 wives; and [being] guilty, [they offered] a ram of the flock
 for their trespass.
10:20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah.
10:21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and
 Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah.
10:22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael,
 Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.
10:23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah (the
 same [is] Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.
10:24 Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters;
 Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.
10:25 Moreover, of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, and
 Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah,
 and Benaiah.
10:26 And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel,
 and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.
10:27 And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah,
 and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.
10:28 Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai,
 [and] Athlai.
10:29 And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah,
 Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.
10:30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah,
 Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.
10:31 And [of] the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah,
 Shemaiah, Shimeon,
10:32 Benjamin, Malluch, [and] Shemariah.
10:33 Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad,
 Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, [and] Shimei.
10:34 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel,
10:35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,
10:36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,
10:37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,
10:38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,
10:39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,
10:40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,
10:41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,
10:42 Shallum, Amariah, [and] Joseph.
10:43 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina,
 Jadau, and Joel, Benaiah.
10:44 All these had taken foreign wives: and [some] of them had
 wives by whom they had children.
 
 

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