Ezra and Israel Cry Out to God1And as Ezra prayed, and as he confessed weeping and falling before the house of God, there came together to him from Israel [3assembly 2vast 1an exceedingly], men and women and young people; for [5weeping 4a great 3wept 1the 2people]. 2And answered one Shechaniah son of Jehiel, from the sons of Elam, and said to Ezra, We broke contract with our God, and settled with [2wives 1alien] from the peoples of the land. And now there is hope to Israel for this thing. 3And now we should ordain a covenant with our God, to lead out all the wives and the ones being born from them, according to counsel of the lord, and of the ones trembling in the commandments of our God. And [3according to 3the 4law 1let it be]! 4Rise up, for [3concerns 4you 1the 2matter], and we are with you -- strengthen and do! 5And Ezra rose up, and bound by an oath the rulers of the priests, and Levites, and all Israel, to do according to this word. And they swore by an oath. 6And Ezra rose up from in front of the house of God, and went into the treasury of Johanan son of Eliashib, and he lodged there; [3bread 1he did not 2eat], and [3water 1did not 2drink], for he mourned over the breach-of-contract by the resettlement. 7And they carried about a report in Judah and in Jerusalem to all the sons of the resettlement, to gather together in Jerusalem, saying, 8Every one who ever should not come for three days, according to the counsel of the rulers and of the elders, [3shall be devoted to consumption 1all 2his substance], and he shall be separated from the assembly of the resettlement. 9And [6gathered together 1all 2the men 3of Judah 4and 5Benjamin] in Jerusalem for the three days. And this was the [2month 1ninth]. On the twentieth of the month [4sat 1all 2the 3people] in the square of the house of God in trembling concerning the matter, and because of the distress. 10And [4rose up 1Ezra 2the 3priest], and said to them, You have broken the contract, and settled with [2wives 1alien], to add to the trespass of Israel.
Ezra Orders the Dismissal of Alien Wives11And now, give praise to the lord God of our fathers, and do the pleasing thing before him, and draw apart from the peoples of the land, and from the [2wives 1alien]! 12And answered all the assembly [2voice 1with a great], and said, According to your words which you said, thus we will do. 13But the people are vast, and it is the time of winter, and there is no ability to stand outside, and the work is not for [2day 1one], nor two; for we multiplied the wrong in this matter. 14Let [3stand 1indeed 2our rulers] in every assembly! and to all the ones in our cities who settled with [2wives 1alien], let them come at [2times 1arranged], and with them the elders city by city, and judges! to turn the anger of the rage of our God from us, on account of this matter. 15Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahaziah son of Tikvah were with me; and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite assisted them. 16And [5did 6thus 1the 2sons 3of the 4resettlement]. And [4drew apart 1Ezra 2the 3priest], and the men rulers of the families of the households, and all by names, for they returned on day one of the [2month 1tenth] to inquire of the matter. 17And they finished with questioning all the men settling with [2wives 1alien] until day one of the [2month 1first]. 18And there were found of the sons of the priests, the ones settling with [2wives 1alien], some of the sons of Jeshua son of Jozadak, and of his brethren Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah. 19And they gave their hand in pledge to bring forth their own wives; and they gave trespass offerings -- a ram of the sheep for their trespass offering. 20And of the sons of Immer -- Hanani and Zebadiah. 21And of the sons of Harim -- Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah. 22And of the sons of Phasur -- Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, and Nathaneel, and Jozabad and Elasah. 23And of the Levites -- Jozabad, and Shemei, and Kelaiah -- he is Kelita, and Pethahiah, and Judah, and Eliezer. 24And of the singers -- Eliashib. And of the gatekeepers -- Shallum, and Telem, and Uri. 25And of Israel, of the sons of Parosh -- Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah. 26And of the sons of Elam -- Mattaniah, and Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah. 27And of the sons of Zattu -- Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza. 28And of the sons of Bebai -- Jehohanan, and Hananiah, and Zabbai, and Athlai. 29And of the sons of Bani -- Meshullam, and Malluch, and Adaiah, and Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth. 30And of the sons Pahath-moab -- Adna, and Chelal, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Matthaniah, and Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh. 31And of the sons of Harim -- Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 32Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah. 33And of the sons of Hashum -- Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei. 34And of the sons of Bani -- Maadai, Amram, and Uel, 35Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh, 36Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, 37Mattaniah, and Mattenai. 38And so did the sons of Bani and the sons of Shimei, 39and Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah, 40and Machnadebai, and Sharai, and Shashai 41Azareel, and Shelemiah, and Shemariah, 42and Shallum, and Amariah, and Joseph. 43From the sons of Nebo -- Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, Joel, and Benaiah. 44All these took [2wives 1alien]; and also there are of them [2of the 3wives 4in which 5they engendered 6of 7them 1sons].
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