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Ezra 9 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:1 - After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:2 - They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:3 - When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:4 - Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalled until the evening sacrifice.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:5 - Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the LORD my God

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:6 - and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:7 - From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:8 - “But now, for a brief moment, the LORD our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place[fn] in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:9 - Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:10 - “But now, our God, what can we say after this? For we have forsaken the commands

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:11 - you gave through your servants the prophets when you said: ‘The land you are entering to possess is a land polluted by the corruption of its peoples. By their detestable practices they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:12 - Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them at any time, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance.’

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:13 - “What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deserved and have given us a remnant like this.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:14 - Shall we then break your commands again and intermarry with the peoples who commit such detestable practices? Would you not be angry enough with us to destroy us, leaving us no remnant or survivor?

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:15 - LORD, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.”
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