1 While Ezra, weeping and prostrating himself in front of the Temple of God, was praying and making confession, a very large crowd of men, women and children of Israel gathered round him, the people weeping bitterly.
Dan 9:20 2Chr 20:9 Ps 119:136 1John 1:8-10 1Kgs 8:30 Luke 19:41 Rom 9:2
2 Then Shechaniah son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, spoke up and said to Ezra, 'We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the people of the country. But, in spite of this, there is still some hope for Israel.
Neh 13:27 Ezra 9:2 1John 1:7-9 Exod 34:6-7 Exod 34:12 Ezra 10:26 Isa 55:6-7
3 We will make a covenant with our God to send away all the foreign wives and their children in obedience to the advice of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God. Let us act in accordance with the Law.
Deut 7:2-3 Ezra 9:4 1Cor 7:12-13 2Chr 29:10 2Chr 30:12 2Chr 34:21 2Chr 34:27
4 Go ahead, do your duty; we support you. Be brave, take action!'
1Chr 28:10 Heb 12:12-13 Isa 35:3-4 1Chr 22:19 Eccl 9:10 Heb 10:24 Josh 1:16-18
5 Then Ezra stood up and put the leading priests and Levites and all Israel on oath to do what had been said. They took the oath.
Neh 5:12 Neh 13:25 Ezra 10:3 Matt 26:63 Neh 10:29 Prov 1:5 Prov 9:9
6 Ezra then left his place in front of the Temple of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib, where he spent the night without eating food or drinking water, because he was still mourning over the exiles' infidelity.
Deut 9:18 Neh 3:1 Neh 12:22 Dan 9:3 Exod 34:28 Ezra 9:4 Ezra 10:1
7 A proclamation was issued throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the exiles were to assemble in Jerusalem,
2Chr 30:5 Ezra 1:1
8 and that anyone who failed within three days to answer the summons of the officials and elders was to forfeit all his possessions and himself be excluded from the community of the exiles.
1Cor 5:13 1Sam 11:7 Ezra 7:26 John 9:22 John 9:34 John 16:2 Josh 6:19
9 As a result, all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled in Jerusalem within the three days; it was the twentieth day of the ninth month. All the people sat down in the square in front of the Temple of God, trembling because of the matter in hand and because of the heavy rain.
1Sam 12:17-18 Esth 2:16 Ezra 7:8-9 Jer 10:10 Jer 10:13
10 The priest Ezra then stood up and said to them, 'You have been unfaithful and have married foreign wives, thus adding to Israel's guilt.
2Chr 28:13 Ezra 9:6 Josh 22:17-18 Matt 23:32 Num 32:14
11 So now give thanks to Yahweh, God of your ancestors, and do his will by holding aloof from the people of the country and from foreign wives.'
Rom 12:2 Deut 7:3-4 Ezra 10:3 Josh 7:19 Prov 28:13 1Cor 2:12-14 1John 1:7-9
12 In ringing tones, the whole assembly answered, 'Yes, our duty is to do as you say.
Ezra 10:3-4 Neh 13:23 Ps 78:37 Ps 78:57
13 But there are many people here and it is the rainy season; we cannot stay out in the open; besides, this is not something that can be dealt with in one or two days, since many of us have been unfaithful over this.
Ezra 10:18-44 Matt 7:13-14
14 Let our officials deputise for the whole community, and all the people in our towns who have married foreign wives can come at stated times, accompanied by elders and judges from each town, until our God's fierce anger over this is turned away from us.'
2Chr 29:10 2Chr 30:8 Num 25:4 2Chr 19:5-7 Deut 13:17 Deut 17:9 Deut 17:18-19
15 Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah, supported by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite, were opposed to this.
Neh 11:16 Neh 3:6 Neh 10:20 Neh 12:33
16 The exiles did as had been proposed. And the priest Ezra selected the family heads of the various families, all of them by name, who began their sittings on the first day of the tenth month to look into the matter.
Deut 13:14 Job 29:16 John 7:51
17 And by the first day of the first month they had dealt with all the men who had married foreign women.
18 Among the priests who were found to have married foreign wives were: of the sons of Jeshua son of Jozadak and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah,
Ezra 2:2 Ezra 3:2 Ezra 5:2 Hag 1:1 Zech 3:1 1Chr 6:14-15 1Sam 2:22-24
19 who agreed to send their wives away; their guilt offering was a ram from the flock for their guilt;
Lev 6:6 2Kgs 10:15 1Chr 29:24 2Chr 30:8 Gal 2:9 Lam 5:6 Lev 5:15-16
20 of the sons of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah;
1Chr 24:14 Ezra 2:37 Neh 7:40
21 of the sons of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel and Uzziah;
1Chr 24:8 Ezra 2:39 Neh 7:42
22 of the sons of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad and Elasah;
1Chr 9:12 Ezra 2:38 Neh 7:41
23 of the Levites: Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah -- that is, Kelita-Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer;
Ezra 8:33 Neh 10:10 Neh 11:16
24 of the singers: Eliashib and Zaccur; of the gatekeepers: Shallum, Telem and Uri;
25 and of the Israelites: of the sons of Parosh: Ramiah, Izziah, Malchijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Malchijah and Benaiah;
Ezra 2:3 Neh 7:8
26 of the sons of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth and Elijah;
Ezra 10:2 Ezra 2:7 Ezra 2:31 Ezra 8:7 Neh 7:12 Neh 7:34
27 of the sons of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad and Aziza;
Ezra 2:8 Neh 7:13
28 of the sons of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, Atlai;
Ezra 2:11 Ezra 8:11 Neh 7:16
29 of the sons of Bigvai: Meshullam, Malluch, Jedaiah, Jashub, Sheal, Jeremoth;
Ezra 2:10 Neh 7:15 Neh 10:4
30 of the sons of Pahath-Moab: Adna, Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui and Manasseh;
Ezra 2:6 Ezra 8:4 Neh 7:11
31 of the sons of Harim: Eliezer, Isshijah, Malchijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,
Neh 3:11 Ezra 2:32 Neh 7:35
32 Benjamin, Malluch, Shemariah;
33 of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, Shimei;
Ezra 2:19 Neh 7:22
34 of the sons of Bani: Maadai, Amram, Uel,
35 Benaiah, Bediah, Jeluhi,
36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,
37 Mattaniah, Mattenai and Jaasau;
38 of the sons of Binnui: Shimei,
39 Shelemiah, Nathan and Adaiah;
40 of the sons of Zaccai: Shashai, Sharai,
41 Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah,
42 Shallum, Amariah, Joseph;
43 of the sons of Nebo: Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel, Benaiah.
Ezra 2:29 Neh 7:33
44 All these had married foreign wives but sent them away with their children.
Ezra 10:3 Prov 2:16 Prov 5:3 Prov 5:20