Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange marriages.
Ezra 10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled to him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very bitterly. Ezra 10:2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, [one] of the sons of Elam, answered and said to Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken foreign wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Ezra 10:3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. Ezra 10:4 Arise; for [this] matter [belongeth] to thee: we also [will be] with thee: be of good courage, and do [it]. Ezra 10:5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, 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 Then Ezra arose from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and [when] he came thither, he ate no bread, nor drank water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away. Ezra 10:7 And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should assemble at Jerusalem; Ezra 10:8 And that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.
The people, at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and promise ammendment.
Ezra 10:9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled at Jerusalem within three days. It [was] the ninth month, and the twentieth [day] of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of [this] matter, and for the great rain. Ezra 10:10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said to them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken foreign wives to increase the trespass of Israel. Ezra 10:11 Now therefore make confession to the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the foreign wives. Ezra 10:12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do. Ezra 10:13 But the people [are] many, and [it is] a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand abroad, neither [is this] a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing. Ezra 10:14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them who have taken foreign wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and its judges, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter shall be turned from us.
The care to perform it.
Ezra 10:15 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed about this [matter]: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them. Ezra 10:16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, [with] certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by [their] names, were separated, 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 foreign wives by the first day of the first month.
The names of them which had married strange wives.
Ezra 10:18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken foreign wives: [namely], of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah. Ezra 10:19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and [being] guilty, [they offered] a ram of the flock for their trespass. Ezra 10:20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah. Ezra 10:21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah. Ezra 10:22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah. Ezra 10:23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah (the same [is] Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer. Ezra 10:24 Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri. Ezra 10:25 Moreover, of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah. Ezra 10:26 And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah. Ezra 10:27 And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza. Ezra 10:28 Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, [and] Athlai. Ezra 10:29 And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth. Ezra 10:30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh. Ezra 10:31 And [of] the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, Ezra 10:32 Benjamin, Malluch, [and] Shemariah. Ezra 10:33 Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, [and] Shimei. Ezra 10:34 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel, Ezra 10:35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh, Ezra 10:36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, Ezra 10:37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau, Ezra 10:38 And Bani, and Binnui, 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] Joseph. Ezra 10:43 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, Benaiah. Ezra 10:44 All these had taken foreign wives: and [some] of them had wives by whom they had children.