Ezra 10
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Ezra Makes Israel Swear an Oath

1Now while Ezra was praying and making confession, weeping and prostrating himself before the house of God, a very large assembly, men, women and children, gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept bitterly. 2And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God and have [†]married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this. 3So now let us cut a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and [†]their children, according to the counsel of [†]my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. 4Arise! For this matter is [†]your responsibility, but we will be with you; be strong and act.”

5Then Ezra arose and made the leading priests, the Levites and all Israel, swear an oath that they would do according to this word; so they swore an oath. 6Then Ezra arose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. He went there, but he did not eat bread nor drink water, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles. 7And they made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles, that they should gather at Jerusalem, 8and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the prince and the elders, all his possessions should be devoted to destruction and he himself separated from the assembly of the exiles.

9So all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered at Jerusalem within the three days. It was the ninth month on the twentieth of the month, and all the people sat in the open square before the house of God, trembling because of this matter and the heavy rain. 10Then Ezra the priest arose and said to them, “You have been unfaithful and have married foreign wives adding to the guilt of Israel. 11So now, make confession to Yahweh, the God of your fathers, and do His will; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.” 12Then all the assembly answered and said with a loud voice, “This is so! As you have said, so it is [†]our duty to do. 13But there are many people; it is the rainy season, and we are not able to stand outside. Nor can the task be done in one or two days, for we have transgressed greatly in this matter. 14Let our princes stand in for the whole assembly, and let all those in our cities who have married foreign wives come at set times, together with the elders and judges of each city, until the burning anger of our God on account of this matter is turned away from us.” 15However, Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahzeiah the son of Tikvah stood against this, with Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helping them.

16But the exiles did so. And [†]Ezra the priest separated out men who were heads of fathers’ households for each of their father’s households, all of them by name. So they [†]convened on the first day of the tenth month to investigate the matter. 17And they completed investigating all the men who had married foreign wives by the first day of the first month.

Those Who Married Foreign Wives

18Among the sons of the priests who had married foreign wives were found of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah. 19They gave their hand in pledge to put away their wives, and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their guilt.

20Of the sons of Immer there were Hanani and Zebadiah;

21and of the sons of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel and Uzziah;

22and of the sons of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad and Elasah.

23Of Levites there were Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (that is, Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah and Eliezer.

24Of the singers there was Eliashib; and of the gatekeepers: Shallum, Telem and Uri.

25Of Israel, of the sons of Parosh there were Ramiah, Izziah, Malchijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Malchijah and Benaiah;

26and of the sons of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth and Elijah;

27and of the sons of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad and Aziza;

28and of the sons of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai and Athlai;

29and of the sons of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch and Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal and Jeremoth;

30and of the sons of Pahath-moab: Adna, Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui and Manasseh;

31and of the sons of Harim: Eliezer, Isshijah, Malchijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,

32Benjamin, Malluch and Shemariah;

33of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh and Shimei;

34of the sons of Bani: Maadai, Amram, Uel,

35Benaiah, Bedeiah, Cheluhi,

36Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,

37Mattaniah, Mattenai, Jaasu,

38Bani, Binnui, Shimei,

39Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah,

40Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,

41Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah,

42Shallum, Amariah and Joseph.

43Of the sons of Nebo there were Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel and Benaiah.

44All these had taken up foreign women as wives, and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

2 Lit given dwelling to
3 Lit that which is born of them
3 Or the Lord
4 Lit upon you
12 Lit upon us
16 Heb there were set apart Ezra the priest, men...
16 Lit sat

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