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Ezra 10 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:1 - While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel; for the people wept bitterly.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:2 - And Shecani'ah the son of Jehi'el, of the sons of Elam, addressed Ezra: "We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:3 - Therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:4 - Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it."

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

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:6 - Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God, and went to the chamber of Jehoha'nan the son of Eli'ashib, where he spent the night, neither eating bread nor drinking water; for he was mourning over the faithlessness of the exiles.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:7 - And a proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the returned exiles that they should assemble at Jerusalem,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:8 - and that if any one did not come within three days, by order of the officials and the elders all his property should be forfeited, and he himself banned from the congregation of the exiles.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:9 - Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled at Jerusalem within the three days; it was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month. And all the people sat in the open square before the house of God, trembling because of this matter and because of the heavy rain.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:10 - And Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, "You have trespassed and married foreign women, and so increased the guilt of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:11 - Now then make confession to the LORD the God of your fathers, and do his will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives."

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:12 - Then all the assembly answered with a loud voice, "It is so; we must do as you have said.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:13 - But the people are many, and it is a time of heavy rain; we cannot stand in the open. Nor is this a work for one day or for two; for we have greatly transgressed in this matter.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:14 - Let our officials stand for the whole assembly; let all in our cities who have taken foreign wives come at appointed times, and with them the elders and judges of every city, till the fierce wrath of our God over this matter be averted from us."

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:15 - Only Jonathan the son of As'ahel and Jahzei'ah the son of Tikvah opposed this, and Meshul'lum and Shab'bethai the Levite supported them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:16 - Then the returned exiles did so. Ezra the priest selected men, heads of fathers' houses, according to their fathers' houses, each of them designated by name. On the first day of the tenth month they sat down to examine the matter;

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:17 - and by the first day of the first month they had come to the end of all the men who had married foreign women.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:18 - Of the sons of the priests who had married foreign women were found Ma-asei'ah, Elie'zer, Jarib, and Gedali'ah, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jo'zadak and his brethren.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:19 - They pledged themselves to put away their wives, and their guilt offering was a ram of the flock for their guilt.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:20 - Of the sons of Immer: Hana'ni and Zebadi'ah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:21 - Of the sons of Harim: Ma-asei'ah, Eli'jah, Shemai'ah, Jehi'el, and Uzzi'ah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:22 - Of the sons of Pashhur: Eli-o-e'nai, Ma-asei'ah, Ish'mael, Nethan'el, Jo'zabad, and Ela'sah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:23 - Of the Levites: Jo'zabad, Shim'e-i, Kelai'ah (that is, Keli'ta), Petha-hi'ah, Judah, and Elie'zer.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:24 - Of the singers: Eli'ashib. Of the gatekeepers: Shallum, Telem, and Uri.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:25 - And of Israel: of the sons of Parosh: Rami'ah, Izzi'ah, Malchi'jah, Mi'jamin, Elea'zar, Hashabi'ah, and Benai'ah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:26 - Of the sons of Elam: Mattani'ah, Zechari'ah, Jehi'el, Abdi, Jer'emoth, and Eli'jah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:27 - Of the sons of Zattu: Eli-o-e'nai, Eli'ashib, Mattani'ah, Jer'emoth, Zabad, and Azi'za.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:28 - Of the sons of Be'bai were Jehoha'nan, Hanani'ah, Zab'bai, and Ath'lai.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:29 - Of the sons of Bani were Meshul'lum, Malluch, Adai'ah, Jashub, She'al, and Jer'emoth.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:30 - Of the sons of Pa'hath-mo'ab: Adna, Chelal, Benai'ah, Ma-asei'ah, Mattani'ah, Bez'alel, Bin'nui, and Manas'seh.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:31 - Of the sons of Harim: Elie'zer, Isshi'jah, Malchi'jah, Shemai'ah, Shim'e-on,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:32 - Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemari'ah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:33 - Of the sons of Hashum: Matte'nai, Mat'tattah, Zabad, Eliph'elet, Jer'emai, Manas'seh, and Shim'e-i.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:34 - Of the sons of Bani: Ma-ada'i, Amram, Uel,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:35 - Benai'ah, Bedei'ah, Chel'uhi,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:36 - Vani'ah, Mer'emoth, Eli'ashib,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:37 - Mattani'ah, Matte'nai, Ja'asu.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:38 - Of the sons of Bin'nui: Shim'e-i,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:39 - Shelemi'ah, Nathan, Adai'ah,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:40 - Machnad'ebai, Shashai, Sha'rai,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:41 - Az'arel, Shelemi'ah, Shemari'ah,

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:42 - Shallum, Amari'ah, and Joseph.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:43 - Of the sons of Nebo: Je-i'el, Mattithi'ah, Zabad, Zebi'na, Jaddai, Jo'el, and Benai'ah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 10:44 - All these had married foreign women, and they put them away with their children.

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