Ezra 9


9:1 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me,
 saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites,
 have not separated themselves from the people of the lands,
 [doing] according to their abominations, [even] of the
 Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the
 Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
9:2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and
 for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves
 with the people of [those] lands: yea, the hand of the princes
 and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.
9:3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my
 mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard,
 and sat down confounded.
9:4 Then were assembled to me every one that trembled at the
 words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of
 those that had been carried away; and I sat confounded until
 the evening sacrifice.
9:5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose from my heaviness; and
 having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and
 spread out my hands to the LORD my God,
9:6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my
 face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over
 [our] head, and our trespass is grown up to the heavens.
9:7 Since the days of our fathers [have] we [been] in a great
 trespass to this day; and for our iniquities have we, our
 kings, [and] our priests, been delivered into the hand of the
 kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil,
 and to confusion of face, as [it is] this day.
9:8 And now for a little space grace hath been [shown] from the
 LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a
 nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and
 give us a little reviving in our bondage.
9:9 For we [were] bond-men; yet our God hath not forsaken us in
 our bondage, but hath extended mercy to us in the sight of the
 kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of
 our God, and to repair the desolations of it, and to give us a
 wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
9:10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we
 have forsaken thy commandments,
9:11 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets,
 saying, The land, to which ye go to possess it, is an unclean
 land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their
 abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with
 their uncleanness.
9:12 Now therefore give not your daughters to their sons,
 neither take their daughters to your sons, nor seek their peace
 or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the
 good of the land, and leave [it] for an inheritance to your
 children for ever.
9:13 And after all that hath come upon us for our evil deeds,
 and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast
 punished us less than our iniquities [deserve], and hast given
 us [such] deliverance as this;
9:14 Should we again break thy commandments, and join in
 affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldst thou
 not be angry with us till thou hadst consumed [us], so that
 [there should be] no remnant nor escaping?
9:15 O LORD God of Israel, thou [art] righteous: for we having
 escaped, remain yet, as [it is] this day: behold, we [are]
 before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee
 because of this.
 
 

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