Ezra 10:4
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English Standard Version
Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.”

King James Bible
Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.

American Standard Version
Arise; for the matter belongeth unto thee, and we are with thee: be of good courage, and do it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Arise, it is thy part to give orders, and we will be with thee: take courage, and do it.

English Revised Version
Arise; for the matter belongeth unto thee, and we are with thee: be of good courage, and do it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Arise; for this matter belongeth to thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

And after all, continues Ezra, taking up again the אחרי־זאת of Ezra 9:10, - "after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass - yea, Thou our God has spared us more than our iniquity deserved, and hast given us this escaped remnant - can we again break Thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? Wilt Thou not be angry with us even to extirpation, so that no residue and no escaped remnant should be left?" The premiss in Ezra 9:13 is followed in Ezra 9:14 by the conclusion in the form of a question, while the second clause of Ezra 9:13 is an explanatory parenthesis. Bertheau construes the passage otherwise. He finds the continuation of the sentence: and after all this ... in the words וגו אתּה כּי, which, calmly spoken, would read: Thou, O God, hast not wholly destroyed us, but hast preserved to us an escaped remnant; while instead of such a continuation we have an exclamation of grateful wonder, emphatically introduced by כּי in the sense of כּי אמנם. With this construction of the clauses, however, no advance is made, and Ezra, in this prayer, does but repeat what he had already said, Ezra 9:8 and Ezra 9:9; although the introductory אהרי leads us to expect a new thought to close the confession. Then, too, the logical connection between the question Ezra 9:14 and what precedes it would be wanting, i.e., a foundation of fact for the question Ezra 9:14. Bertheau remarks on Ezra 9:14, that the question: should we return to break (i.e., break again) the commands of God? is an antithesis to the exclamation. But neither does this question, to judge by its matter, stand in contrast to the exclamation, nor is any such contrast indicated by its form. The discourse advances in regular progression only when Ezra 9:14 forms the conclusion arrived at from Ezra 9:13, and the thought in the premiss (13a) is limited by the thoughts introduced with כּי. What had come upon Israel for their sins was, according to Ezra 9:7, deliverance into the hand of heathen kings, to the sword, to captivity, etc. God had not, however, merely chastened and punished His people for their sins, He had also extended mercy to them, Ezra 9:8, etc. This, therefore, is also mentioned by Ezra in Ezra 9:13, to justify, or rather to limit, the כּל in כּל־הבּא. The כּי is properly confirmatory: for Thou, our God, hast indeed punished us, but not in such measure as our sins had deserved; and receives through the tenor of the clause the adversative meaning of imo, yea (comp. Ewald, 330, b). למטּה מ חשׂכתּ, Thou hast checked, hast stopped, beneath our iniquities. חשׂך is not used intransitively, but actively; the missing object must be supplied from the context: Thou hast withheld that, all of which should have come upon us, i.e., the punishment we deserved, or, as older expositors completed the sense, iram tuam. מעוננוּ למטּה, infra delicta nostra, i.e., Thou hast punished us less than our iniquities deserved. For their iniquities they had merited extirpation; but God had given them a rescued remnant. כּזאת, as this, viz., this which exists in the community now returned from Babylon to Judaea. This is the circumstance which justifies the question: should we, or can we, again (נשׁוּב is used adverbially) break Thy commandments, and become related by marriage? (חתחתּן like Deuteronomy 7:3.) התּעבות עמּי, people who live in abominations. The answer to this question is found in the subsequent question: will He not - if, after the sparing mercy we have experienced, we again transgress the commands of God - by angry with us till He have consumed us? כּלּה עד (comp. 2 Kings 13:17, 2 Kings 13:19) is strengthened by the addition: so that there will be no remnant and no escaping. The question introduced by הלוא is an expression of certain assurance: He will most certainly consume us.

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Joshua 7:10 And the LORD said to Joshua, Get you up; why lie you thus on your face?

1 Chronicles 22:16,19 Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with you...

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave...

for this matter (By the decree of Artaxerxes, Ezra was authorised to do every thing that the law of God required.)

Ezra 7:23-28 Whatever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven...

Mark 13:34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work...

we also will

Joshua 1:16-18 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us, we will go...

1 Chronicles 28:10,21 Take heed now; for the LORD has chosen you to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it...

be of good

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees...

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:

Hebrews 12:12,13 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees...

Cross References
1 Chronicles 28:10
Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it."

Ezra 10:5
Then Ezra arose and made the leading priests and Levites and all Israel take an oath that they would do as had been said. So they took the oath.

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