Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange marriages.
Ezra 10:1 Now when Esdras was thus praying, and beseeching, and weeping, and lying before the temple of God, there was gathered to him of Israel an exceeding great assembly of men and women and children, and the people wept with much lamentation. Ezra 10:2 And Sechenias the son of Jehiel of the sons of Elam answered, and said to Esdras: We have sinned against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: and now if there be repentance in Israel concerning this, Ezra 10:3 Let us make a covenant with the Lord our God, to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the will of the Lord, and of them that fear the commandment of the Lord our God: let it be done according to the law. Ezra 10:4 Arise, it is thy part to give orders, and we will be with thee: take courage, and do it. Ezra 10:5 So Esdras arose, and made the chiefs of the priests and of the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they would do according to this word, and they swore.
Ezra mourning assembleth the people.
Ezra 10:6 And Esdras rose up from before the house of God, and went to the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliasib, and entered in thither: he ate no bread, and drank no water: for he mourned for the transgression of them that were come out of the captivity. Ezra 10:7 And proclamation was made in Juda and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should assemble together into Jerusalem. Ezra 10:8 And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the ancients, all his substance should be taken away, and he should be cast out of the company of them that were returned from captivity.
The people, at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and promise ammendment.
Ezra 10:9 Then all the men of Juda, and Benjamin gathered themselves together to Jerusalem within three days, in the ninth month, the twentieth day of the month: and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of the sin, and the rain. Ezra 10:10 And Esdras the priest stood up, and said to them: You have transgressed, and taken strange wives, to add to the sins of Israel. Ezra 10:11 And now make confession to the Lord the God of your fathers, and do his pleasure, and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from your strange wives. Ezra 10:12 And all the multitude answered and said with a loud voice: According to thy word unto us, so be it done. Ezra 10:13 But as the people are many, and it is time of rain, and we are not able to stand without, and it is not a work of one day or two, (for we have exceedingly sinned in this matter,) Ezra 10:14 Let rulers be appointed in all the multitude: and in all our cities, let them that have taken strange wives come at the times appointed, and with them the ancients and the judges of every city, until the wrath of our God be turned away from us for this sin.
The care to perform it.
Ezra 10:15 Then Jonathan the son of Azahel, and Jaasia the son of Thecua were appointed over this, and Mesollam and Sebethai, Levites, helped them: Ezra 10:16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Esdras the priest, and the men heads of the families in the houses of their fathers, and all by their names, went and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter. Ezra 10:17 And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.
The names of them which had married strange wives.
Ezra 10:18 And there were found among the sons of the priests that had taken strange wives: Of the sons of Josue the son of Josedec, and his brethren, Maasia, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Godolia. Ezra 10:19 And they gave their hands to put away their wives, and to offer for their offence a ram of the flock. Ezra 10:20 And of the sons of Emmer, Hanani, and Zebedia. Ezra 10:21 And of the sons of Harim, Maasia, and Elia, and Semeia, and Jehiel, and Ozias. Ezra 10:22 And of the sons of Pheshur, Elioenai, Maasia, Ismael, Nathanael, Jozabed, and Elasa. Ezra 10:23 And of the sons of the Levites, Jozabed, and Semei, and Celaia, the same is Calita, Phataia, Juda, and Eliezer. Ezra 10:24 And of the singing men, Elisiab: and of the porters, Sellum, and Telem, and Uri. Ezra 10:25 And of Israel, of the sons of Pharos, Remeia, and Jezia, and Melchia, and Miamin, and Eliezer, and Melchia, and Banea. Ezra 10:26 And of the sons of Elam, Mathania, Zacharias, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jerimoth, and Elia. Ezra 10:27 And of the sons of Zethua, Elioenai, Eliasib, Mathania, Jerimuth, and Zabad, and Aziaza. Ezra 10:28 And of the sons of Babai, Johanan, Hanania, Zabbai, Athalai: Ezra 10:29 And of the sons of Bani, Mosollam, and Melluch, and Adaia, Jasub, and Saal, and Ramoth. Ezra 10:30 And of the sons of Phahath, Moab, Edna, and Chalal, Banaias, and Maasias, Mathanias, Beseleel, Bennui, and Manasse. Ezra 10:31 And of the sons of Herem, Eliezer, Josue, Melchias, Semeias, Simeon, Ezra 10:32 Benjamin, Maloch, Samarias. Ezra 10:33 And of the sons of Hasom, Mathanai, Mathatha, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jermai, Manasse, Semei. Ezra 10:34 Of the sons of Bani, Maaddi, Amram, and Uel, Ezra 10:35 Baneas, and Badaias, Cheliau, Ezra 10:36 Vania, Marimuth, and Eliasib, Ezra 10:37 Mathanias, Mathania, and Jasi, Ezra 10:38 And Bani, and Bennui, Semei, Ezra 10:39 And Salmias, and Nathan, and Adaias, Ezra 10:40 And Mechnedebai, Sisai, Sarai, Ezra 10:41 Ezrel, and Selemiau, Semeria, Ezra 10:42 Sellum, Amaria, Joseph. Ezra 10:43 Of the sons of Nebo, Jehiel, Mathathias, Zabad, Zabina, Jeddu, and Joel, and Banaia. Ezra 10:44 All these had taken strange wives, and there were among them women that had borne children.