Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange marriages.
Ezra 10:1 And when Esdras prayed after this maner, & knowleged, wepte, & laye before þe house of God, there resorted vnto him out of Israell a very greate congregacyon of men and wemen, and chyldren: & the people wepte very sore. Ezra 10:2 And Sechania the sonne of Iehiel one of þe children of Elam, answered, and sayde vnto Esdras. We haue trespaced agaynst oure God, and haue taken straunge wyues of the people of the land. Now there is hope yet in Israel concerning this thyng: Ezra 10:3 For now we wyll make a couenaunt with oure God, and put awaye all the wyues (and soch as are borne of them) accordinge to the councell of the Lord, and we wylbe in the feare of the commaundementes of oure God, that we maye do accordyng to the lawe. Ezra 10:4 Get the vp, for thys matter belongeth vnto the. We also wyll be wyth the, be of good conforte therfore, and do it. Ezra 10:5 Then rose Esdras, and toke an oth of the chefe preastes and Leuites, and of all Israell, that they shulde do accordynge to thys worde: & they sware.
Ezra mourning assembleth the people.
Ezra 10:6 And Esdras stode vp from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Iohanan the sonne of Eliasib. And when he came thither, he dyd eate no bred, nor drancke water: for he mourned because of the transgression of the people that had bene in captyuite. Ezra 10:7 And they caused a proclamacyon to go thorow out Iuda and Ierusalem, vnto all the chyldren which had bene in captiuyte, þt they shuld geather themselues togeather vnto Ierusalem. Ezra 10:8 And that whosoeuer came not wyth in thre dayes accordyng to the deuyce of the rulers and Elders, all hys substaunce shulde be forfett, and he shulde be put out from the congregacyon of the captyue.
The people, at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and promise ammendment.
Ezra 10:9 Then all the men of Iuda and Ben Iamin geathered them selues togeather vnto Ierusalem wythin thre dayes, euen þe twentie daye of the nyenth moneth: and all þe people sate in the strete before the house of God, and trembled because of thys matter, & for the rayne. Ezra 10:10 And Esdras the preaste stode vp, and sayde vnto them. Ye haue transgressed, and haue taken straunge wyues, to make þe trespace of Israel yet more: Ezra 10:11 confesse now therfore vnto the Lorde God of youre fathers, and do hys pleasure, and separate youre selues from the people of the lande, & from the straunge wyues. Ezra 10:12 And all the congregacyon answered, and sayd with a loude voyce: It shalbe so, and we will do as thou hast sayde. Ezra 10:13 But the people are many, and it is a raynie wether, and the people are to faynt to tarye without in þe strete, nether is this a worcke of one daye or two, for we haue offended very sore in this thyng. Ezra 10:14 Let oure rulers stand therfore in all the congregacyon, and lett all them whych haue taken straunge wyues in oure cyties come at the tyme appoynted, and let the Eldres of euery cytye and theyr Iudges be with them, tyll they haue turned the wrath of oure God awaye from vs concernyng this matter.
The care to perform it.
Ezra 10:15 Then were appoynted Ionathan the sonne of Asahel, and Iahasia the sonne of Thekua ouer thys matter: And Mosullam and Sabatha the Leuytes helped them. Ezra 10:16 And the chyldren of the captyuite dyd euen so. And Esdras the preast, and the auncient heades thorow the house of theyr fathers, all men of great fame, separated them selues, and sat them downe on the fyrst daye of the tenth moneth, to examen the matter Ezra 10:17 And vntyll the fyrst daye of the fyrst moneth they were fynishyng the busynes wyth all þe men that had taken straunge wyues.
The names of them which had married strange wives.
Ezra 10:18 And amonge the chyldren of the Preastes there were men founde that had taken straunge wyues, namely amonge the chyldren of Iesua the sonne of Iosedec and of hys brethren, Masiah, and Eliezer, Iarib and Gedalia, Ezra 10:19 and they gaue theyr handes there vpon, that they wolde put awaye their wyues: and for their trespasse offeryng, to geue a ramme for their trespasse. Ezra 10:20 And among the chyldren in Emer, Honany and Zabadia. Ezra 10:21 Amonge the chyldren of Harim, Maasia, Elia, Someiah, Iehiel, and Usia. Ezra 10:22 Amonge the chyldren of Phashur, Elioenai, Maasia, Ismael, Nethanel, Iosabad, Ezra 10:23 Simei and Kelaia (whych same is Kalithah) Pathahiah, Iuda, and Eleazar. Ezra 10:24 Among the syngers also Eliasib. And amonge the porters Sellum, and Telem and Uri. Ezra 10:25 And of Israel. Amonge the chyldren of Pharhos, Remia, Iesiah, Malchia, Miamin, Eleazar, Malchia and Banaia. Ezra 10:26 Amonge the chyldren of Elam, Methania, Zachary, Ieheil, Abdi, Ierimoth and Elia. Ezra 10:27 Amonge the chyldren of Zathu, Elioenai, Eliasib, Mathania, Ierimoth, Zabad and Aziza. Ezra 10:28 Amonge the chyldren of Bebai, Iehohanan, Hanania, Zabai, and Athalai. Ezra 10:29 Amonge the chyldren of Beni, Mesulam, Maluc, Adaiah, Iasub, Saal and Ierimoth, Ezra 10:30 Among þe chyldren of the captayne Moab, Adna, Cholal, Benaia, Masia, Mathania, Bezelel, Benui and Manasse. Ezra 10:31 Among the chyldren of Harim, Eliezer, Iesia, Malchia, Semeia, and Simeon: Ezra 10:32 Ben Iamin, Malluch and Samaria. Ezra 10:33 Amonge the chyldren of Hasum, Mathanai, Mathathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Ieremy, Manasse and Simei. Ezra 10:34 Amonge þe chyldren of Bani, Madai, Amram, Huel, Ezra 10:35 Banea, Cheluhi, Badaiah, Ezra 10:36 Uaniah, Maremoth, and Eliasib, Ezra 10:37 Mathania, Mathanai, Iaesai, Ezra 10:38 Bani, Beni, and Semeiah, Ezra 10:39 Selemia, Nathan, and Adaia, Ezra 10:40 Machnadbai, Sasai and Sarai, Ezra 10:41 Asarel, Selemiahu, & Samariah, Ezra 10:42 Sallum, Amaria, and Ioseph. Ezra 10:43 Amonge the chyldren of Nebo, Iehiel, Mathathia, Zabad, Zabina, Iadai, Ioel, and Banaia. Ezra 10:44 All these had taken straunge wiues. And among the same, there were some, that had chyldren by the wyues.