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Ezra 10 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:1 - While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel—men, women, and children—gathered and wept bitterly with him.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:2 - Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, a descendant of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God, for we have married these pagan women of the land. But in spite of this there is hope for Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:3 - Let us now make a covenant with our God to divorce our pagan wives and to send them away with their children. We will follow the advice given by you and by the others who respect the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:4 - Get up, for it is your duty to tell us how to proceed in setting things straight. We are behind you, so be strong and take action.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:5 - So Ezra stood up and demanded that the leaders of the priests and the Levites and all the people of Israel swear that they would do as Shecaniah had said. And they all swore a solemn oath.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:6 - Then Ezra left the front of the Temple of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. He spent the night[fn] there without eating or drinking anything. He was still in mourning because of the unfaithfulness of the returned exiles.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:7 - Then a proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the exiles should come to Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:8 - Those who failed to come within three days would, if the leaders and elders so decided, forfeit all their property and be expelled from the assembly of the exiles.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:9 - Within three days, all the people of Judah and Benjamin had gathered in Jerusalem. This took place on December 19,[fn] and all the people were sitting in the square before the Temple of God. They were trembling both because of the seriousness of the matter and because it was raining.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:10 - Then Ezra the priest stood and said to them: “You have committed a terrible sin. By marrying pagan women, you have increased Israel’s guilt.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:11 - So now confess your sin to the LORD, the God of your ancestors, and do what he demands. Separate yourselves from the people of the land and from these pagan women.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:12 - Then the whole assembly raised their voices and answered, “Yes, you are right; we must do as you say!”

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:13 - Then they added, “This isn’t something that can be done in a day or two, for many of us are involved in this extremely sinful affair. And this is the rainy season, so we cannot stay out here much longer.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:14 - Let our leaders act on behalf of us all. Let everyone who has a pagan wife come at a scheduled time, accompanied by the leaders and judges of his city, so that the fierce anger of our God concerning this affair may be turned away from us.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:15 - Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah opposed this course of action, and they were supported by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:16 - So this was the plan they followed. Ezra selected leaders to represent their families, designating each of the representatives by name. On December 29,[fn] the leaders sat down to investigate the matter.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:17 - By March 27, the first day of the new year,[fn] they had finished dealing with all the men who had married pagan wives.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:18 - These are the priests who had married pagan wives: From the family of Jeshua son of Jehozadak[fn] and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:19 - They vowed to divorce their wives, and they each acknowledged their guilt by offering a ram as a guilt offering.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:20 - From the family of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:21 - From the family of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel, and Uzziah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:22 - From the family of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Elasah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:23 - These are the Levites who were guilty: Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (also called Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:24 - This is the singer who was guilty: Eliashib. These are the gatekeepers who were guilty: Shallum, Telem, and Uri.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:25 - These are the other people of Israel who were guilty: From the family of Parosh: Ramiah, Izziah, Malkijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Hashabiah,[fn] and Benaiah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:26 - From the family of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth, and Elijah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:27 - From the family of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad, and Aziza.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:28 - From the family of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:29 - From the family of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal, and Jeremoth.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:30 - From the family of Pahath-moab: Adna, Kelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui, and Manasseh.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:31 - From the family of Harim: Eliezer, Ishijah, Malkijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:32 - Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:33 - From the family of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:34 - From the family of Bani: Maadai, Amram, Uel,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:35 - Benaiah, Bedeiah, Keluhi,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:36 - Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:37 - Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasu.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:38 - From the family of Binnui[fn]: Shimei,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:39 - Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:40 - Macnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:41 - Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:42 - Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:43 - From the family of Nebo: Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel, and Benaiah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:44 - Each of these men had a pagan wife, and some even had children by these wives.[fn]
NLT Footnotes
As in parallel text at 1 Esdras 9:2; Hebrew reads He went.
Hebrew on the twentieth day of the ninth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was December 19, 458 B.C.; also see note on 6:15.
Hebrew On the first day of the tenth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was December 29, 458 B.C.; also see note on 6:15.
Hebrew By the first day of the first month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was March 27, 457 B.C.; also see note on 6:15.
Hebrew Jozadak, a variant spelling of Jehozadak.
As in parallel text at 1 Esdras 9:26; Hebrew reads Malkijah.
As in Greek version; Hebrew reads Jaasu, 38 Bani, Binnui.
As in Greek version; Hebrew reads Jaasu, 38 Bani, Binnui.
Or and they sent them away with their children. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

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