Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange marriages.
Ezra 10:1 Whiles Ezra prayed thus, and confessed himselfe weeping, and falling downe before the house of God, there assembled vnto him of Israel a very great Congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept with a great lamentation. Ezra 10:2 Then Shechaniah the sonne of Iehiel one of the sonnes of Elam answered, & sayd to Ezra, We haue trespassed against our God, & haue taken strange wiues of the people of the land, yet nowe there is hope in Israel concerning this. Ezra 10:3 Now therfore let vs make a couenant with our God, to put away all the wiues (and such as are borne of them) according to the counsell of the Lord, and of those that feare the commandements of our God, and let it be done according to the Lawe. Ezra 10:4 Arise: for the matter belogeth vnto thee: we also wil be with thee: be of comfort and do it. Ezra 10:5 Then arose Ezra, and caused the chiefe Priestes, the Leuites, and all Israel, to sweare that they would doe according to this worde. So they sware.
Ezra mourning assembleth the people.
Ezra 10:6 And Ezra rose vp from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Iohanan the sonne of Eliashib: he went euen thither, but he did eate neither bread, nor drunke water: for he mourned, because of the transgression of them of the captiuitie. Ezra 10:7 And they caused a proclamation to goe throughout Iudah and Ierusalem, vnto all them of the captiuitie, that they should assemble themselues vnto Ierusalem. Ezra 10:8 And whosoeuer woulde not come within three dayes according to the counsel of the Princes & Elders, all his substance should be forfait, & he should be separate from the Congregation of them of the captiuitie.
The people, at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and promise ammendment.
Ezra 10:9 Then all the men of Iudah & Beniamin assembled theselues vnto Ierusalem within three dayes, which was the twentieth day of the ninth moneth, and all the people sate in the streete of the house of God, trembling for this matter, and for the raine. Ezra 10:10 And Ezra the Priest stoode vp, & said vnto them, Ye haue transgressed, & haue taken strange wiues, to increase the trespasse of Israel. Ezra 10:11 Now therefore giue praise vnto the Lord God of your fathers, and do his will, and separate your selues from the people of the land, and from the strange wiues. Ezra 10:12 And all the Congregation answered, and sayd with a loude voyce, So will we do according to thy wordes vnto vs. Ezra 10:13 But the people are many, and it is a raynie weather, and we are not able to stande without, neither is it the worke of one day or two: for we are many that haue offended in this thing. Ezra 10:14 Let our rulers stand therefore before all the Congregation, & let all them which haue taken strange wiues in our cities, come at the time appoynted, & with them the Elders of euery citie and the Iudges thereof, til the fierce wrath of our God for this matter turne away from vs.
The care to perform it.
Ezra 10:15 Then were appoynted Ionathan the sonne of Asah-el, & Iahaziah the sonne of Tikuah ouer this matter, and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Leuites helped them. Ezra 10:16 And they of the captiuitie did so, & departed, euen Ezra the Priest, & the men that were chiefe fathers to the familie of their fathers by name, and sate downe in the first day of the tenth moneth to examine the matter. Ezra 10:17 And vntill the first day of the first moneth they were finishing the businesse with al the men that had taken strange wiues.
The names of them which had married strange wives.
Ezra 10:18 And of the sonnes of the Priests there were men founde, that had taken strange wiues, to wit, of the sonnes of Ieshua, the sonne of Iozadak, & of his brethren, Maaseiah, Aeliezer, and Iarib and Gedaliah. Ezra 10:19 And they gaue their hads, that they would put away their wiues, & they that had trespassed, gaue a ramme for their trespasse. Ezra 10:20 And of the sonnes of Immer, Honani, and Zebadiah. Ezra 10:21 And of the sonnes of Harim, Maaseiah, & Eliiah, and Shemaiah, and Iehiel, and Vzziah. Ezra 10:22 And of ye sonnes of Pashur, Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Iozabad, and Elasah. Ezra 10:23 And of the Leuites, Iozabad and Shimei, and Kelaiah, (which is Kelitah) Pethahiah, Iudah and Eliezer. Ezra 10:24 And of the singers, Eliashib; of the porters, Shallum, and Telem, and Vri. Ezra 10:25 And 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 Ierimoth, and Zabad, and Aziza. Ezra 10:28 And of the sonnes of Bebai, Iehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, Athlai. Ezra 10:29 And of the sonnes of Bani, Meshullam, Malluch, & Adaiah, Iashub, and Sheal, Ieramoth. Ezra 10:30 And of the sonnes of Pahath Moab, Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, 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, Shamariah. Ezra 10:33 Of the sonnes of Hashum, Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Ieremai, Manasseh, Shimei. Ezra 10:34 Of the sonnes of Bani, Maadai, Amram, and Vel, Ezra 10:35 Banaiah, Bediah, Chelluh, Ezra 10:36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, Ezra 10:37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Iaasau, Ezra 10:38 And Banni, 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, Ioseph. Ezra 10:43 Of the sonnes of Nebo, Ieiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Iadau, and Ioel, Benaiah. Ezra 10:44 All these had taken strange wiues: and among them were women that had children.