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Ezra 9

Ezra mourneth for the affinity of the people with strangers.

Ezra 9:1 When these thynges were done, the rulers came to me, and sayde. The people of Israel, and the preastes, and Leuites are not separated from the people of the landes (as touchynge their abhominacyons) namely of the Cananites, Hethites, Pheresites, Iebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egypcians, and Amorites. Ezra 9:2 For they haue taken the daughters of the same to them selues and to their sonnes, and the holy sede is mixte with the nacions in the lande: and þe hande of the princes & rulers hath bene principall in this trespace. Ezra 9:3 And when I hearde this saying, I rente my clothes and my rayment, and pluckte of the heer of my heade, and of my beerd, and sate mourninge. Ezra 9:4 And there resorted vnto me all soch as feared the wordes of the Lorde God of Israel, because of the transgression of the people of the captiuite. And I sate mournynge vntyll the euenynge sacryfice.

He prayeth unto God with confession of sins.

Ezra 9:5 And aboute the euenynge sacrifice, I rose vp fro my heuynes, and rente my clothes and my rayment, and fell vpon my knees, and spred out my handes vnto the Lorde my God, Ezra 9:6 and sayde. My God, I am ashamed, and darre not lyfte vp myne eyes vnto þe my God: for oure wyckednesses are growne ouer oure heed, and oure trespace is waxen greate vnto the heauen. Ezra 9:7 Sence the tyme of oure fathers haue we bene in greate trespace vnto this daye, and because of oure wyckednesses haue we and oure kynges bene deliuered into the hande of the kynges of the nacyons, into the swerde, into captiuite, into shame, and into confusion of face, as it is to se this daye. Ezra 9:8 And now is there a lytle & sodayne graciousnes come from the Lorde oure God, in causynge some of vs to escape, and that he maye geue vs a nayle in hys holy place, and that oure God maye lyghte oure eyes, and geue vs a lytle lyfe to take breth in oure bondage. Ezra 9:9 For we are bondmen, & oure God hath not forsaken vs in oure bondage, and hath enclyned mercy vnto vs in the syghte of the kynges of Persia, to geue vs lyfe, to sett vp the house of oure God, and to redresse the desolacion therof, and to geue vs a wall in Iuda and Ierusalem. Ezra 9:10 And now, O oure God, what shall we saye after this? for we haue forsaken thy commaundementes, Ezra 9:11 whych thou hast commaunded by thy seruauntes the prophetes, sayeng: The lande vnto which ye go to possesse, it is an vncleane land, because of the fylthynes of the people of the landes, whych with theyr abhominacions haue made it full of vncleanesse on euery syde. Ezra 9:12 Therfore shall ye not geue youre daughters vnto their sonnes, and their daughters shall ye not take vnto your sonnes, ner seke their peace & welth for euer, that ye maye be strong, & enioye the good in the land, & þt ye & youre chyldren maye haue the enheritaunce of it for euermore. Ezra 9:13 And after that all these thinges are come vpon vs (because of oure euell dedes & greate trespaces) thou oure God hast thrust downe oure wickednesses, & hast geuen vs a delyueraunce, Ezra 9:14 And yf we turne backe agayne, to let go thy commaundementes, and make contracte with the people of these abhominacions, wilt thou not then be wroth at vs (& not without cause) tyl we be vtterly consumed, so that nothyng remayne, and tyll there be no delyueraunce? Ezra 9:15 O Lord God of Israel, þu art ryghteous, for we remayne yet escaped, at it is to se this daye. Behold also, in thy presence are we in oure trespaces, & because of it maye we not stande before the.

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