Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange marriages.
Ezra 10:1 Now when Ezra had praised, and when he had confessed, weeping, and casting himselfe downe before the house of God, there assembled vnto him out of Israel, a very great congregation of men, and women, and children: for the people wept very sore. Ezra 10:2 And Shechaniah the sonne of Iehiel, [one] of the sonnes of Elam, answered and said vnto Ezra, Wee haue trespassed against our God, and haue taken strange wiues, of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Ezra 10:3 Now therefore let vs make a couenant with our God, to put away all the wiues, & such as are borne of them, according to the counsell of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandement of our God, and lee it be done according to the Law. Ezra 10:4 Arise, for this matter [belongeth] vnto thee, wee also [will be] with thee: be of good courage, and doe [it]. Ezra 10:5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chiefe Priests, the Leuites, and all Israel to sweare, that they should doe according to this word: and they sware.
Ezra mourning assembleth the people.
Ezra 10:6 Then Ezra rose vp from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Iohanan, the sonne of Eliashib: and [when] hee came thither, hee did eate no bread, nor drinke water: for hee mourned because of the transgression of them that had bene caried away. Ezra 10:7 And they made Proclamation throughout Iudah and Ierusalem, vnto all the children of the captiuitie, that they should gather themselues together vnto Ierusalem; Ezra 10:8 And that whosoeuer would not come within three dayes, according to the counsell of the Princes, and the Elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himselfe separated from the congregation of those that had beene caried away.
The people, at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and promise ammendment.
Ezra 10:9 Then all the men of Iudah and Beniamin, gathered themselues together vnto Ierusalem, within three dayes: it [was] the ninth moneth, on the twentieth [day] of the moneth, and all the people sate in the streete of the house of God, trembling because of [this] matter, and for the great raine. Ezra 10:10 And Ezra the Priest stood vp, and said vnto them, Yee haue transgressed, and haue taken strange wiues, to encrease the trespasse of Israel. Ezra 10:11 Now therefore make confession vnto the LORD God of your fathers, and doe his pleasure: and separate your selues from the people of the land, and from the strange wiues. Ezra 10:12 Then all the congregation answered, and said with a loude voice, As thou hast said, so must we doe: Ezra 10:13 But the people are many, and it [is] a time of much raine, and we are not able to stand without; neither is this a worke of one day or two: for wee are many that haue transgressed in this thing. Ezra 10:14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which haue taken strange wiues in our cities, come at appointed times, & with them the Elders of euery citie, and the Iudges thereof; vntill the fierce wrath of our God for this matter, be turned from vs.
The care to perform it.
Ezra 10:15 Onely Ionathan the sonne of Asahel, and Iahaziah the sonne of Tikuah, were employed about this matter: and Meshullam, and Shabbethai the Leuite, helped them. Ezra 10:16 And the children of the captiuitie did so: and Ezra the Priest, [with] certaine chiefe of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by [their] names, were separated, and sate downe in the first day of the tenth moneth to examine the matter. Ezra 10:17 And they made an ende, with all the men that had taken strange wiues, by the first day of the first moneth.
The names of them which had married strange wives.
Ezra 10:18 And among the sonnes of the Priestes, there were found that had taken strange wiues: namely, of the sons of Ieshua the sonne of Iozadak, and his brethren, Maasiah, and Eliezer, and Iarib, and Gedaliah. Ezra 10:19 And they gaue their hands, that they would put away their wiues: and being guiltie, [they offered] a ramme of the flocke for their trespasse. Ezra 10:20 And of the sonnes of Immer, Hanani, and Zebadiah: Ezra 10:21 And of the sonnes of Harim, Maasiah, and Eliiah, and Shemaiah, and Iehiel, and Uzziah. Ezra 10:22 And of the sonnes of Pashur: Elioenai, Maasiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Iozabad and Elasah. Ezra 10:23 Also of the Leuites: Iozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah (the same is Kelitah) Pethahiah, Iudah, and Eliezer. Ezra 10:24 Of the singers also, Eliashib; and of the porters, Shallum, and Telem, and Uri. Ezra 10:25 Moreouer of Israel, of the sonnes of Parosh, Ramiah, and Iesiah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchiiah, and Benaiah. Ezra 10:26 And of the sonnes of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Iehiel, and Abdi, and Ieremoth, and Eliah. Ezra 10:27 And of the sonnes of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Ieremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza. Ezra 10:28 Of the sonnes also of Bebai: Iehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, [&] Athlai. Ezra 10:29 And of the sonnes of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Iashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth. Ezra 10:30 And of the sonnes of Pahath Moab: Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maasiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh. Ezra 10:31 And of the sonnes of Harim: Eliezer, Ishiiah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, Ezra 10:32 Beniamin, Malluch, and Shemariah. Ezra 10:33 Of the sonnes of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattatha, Zabad, Eliphelet, Ieremai, Manasseh, [and] Shimei. Ezra 10:34 Of the sonnes of Bani: Maadai, Amram, and Uel, Ezra 10:35 Benaiah, Bedaiah, Chelluh, Ezra 10:36 Uaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, Ezra 10:37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Iaasau, Ezra 10:38 And Bani, and Bennui, Shimei, Ezra 10:39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah, Ezra 10:40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, Ezra 10:41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah, Ezra 10:42 Shallum, Amariah, [and] Ioseph. Ezra 10:43 Of the sonnes of Nebo, Iehiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Iadau, and Ioel, Benaiah. Ezra 10:44 All these had taken strange wiues: and some of them [had] wiues, by whom they had children.