Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange marriages.
Ezra 10:1 And at Ezra's praying, and at his making confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there have been gathered unto him out of Israel an assembly very greatmen and women and childrenfor the people have wept, multiplying weeping. Ezra 10:2 And Shechaniah son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, answereth and saith to Ezra, 'Wewe have trespassed against our God, and we settle strange women of the peoples of the land; and now there is hope for Israel concerning this, Ezra 10:3 and now, let us make a covenant with our God, to cause all the women to go out, and that which is born of them, by the counsel of the Lord, and of those trembling at the command of our God, and according to law it is done; Ezra 10:4 rise, for on thee [is] the matter, and we [are] with thee; be strong, and do.' Ezra 10:5 And Ezra riseth, and causeth the heads of the priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear to do according to this wordand they swear.
Ezra mourning assembleth the people.
Ezra 10:6 And Ezra riseth from before the house of God, and goeth unto the chamber of Jehohanan son of Eliashib; yea, he goeth there, bread he hath not eaten, and water he hath not drunk, for he is mourning because of the trespass of the removal. Ezra 10:7 And they cause a voice to pass over into Judah and Jerusalem, to all sons of the removal, to be gathered to Jerusalem, Ezra 10:8 and every one who cometh not in by the third day, according to the counsel of the heads and of the elders, all his substance is devoted, and himself separated from the assembly of the removal.
The people, at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and promise ammendment.
Ezra 10:9 And gathered are all the men of Judah and Benjamin to Jerusalem by the third day, it [is] the ninth month, on the twentieth of the month, and all the people sit in the broad place of the house of God, trembling on account of the matter and of the showers. Ezra 10:10 And Ezra the priest riseth, and saith unto them, 'Yeye have trespassed, and ye settle strange women, to add to the guilt of Israel; Ezra 10:11 and, now, make confession to Jehovah, God of your fathers, and do His good pleasure, and be separated from the peoples of the land, and from the strange women.' Ezra 10:12 And all the assembly answer and say [with] a great voice, 'Right; according to thy wordon us to do; Ezra 10:13 but the people [are] many, and [it is] the time of showers, and there is no power to stand without, and the work [is] not for one day, nor for two, for we have multiplied to transgress in this thing. Ezra 10:14 'Let, we pray thee, our heads of all the assembly stand, and all who [are] in our cities, who have settled strange wives, do come in at the times appointed, and with them the elders of city and city, and its judges, till the turning back of the fury of the wrath of our God from us, for this thing.'
The care to perform it.
Ezra 10:15 Only Jonathan son of Asahel, and Jahaziah son of Tikvah, stood against this, and Meshullam, and Shabbethai the Levite, helped them. Ezra 10:16 And the sons of the removal do so, and Ezra the priest, [and] men, heads of the fathers, for the house of their fathers, are separated, even all of them by name, and they sit on the first day of the tenth month, to examine the matter; Ezra 10:17 and they finish with all the men who have settled strange women unto the first day of the first month.
The names of them which had married strange wives.
Ezra 10:18 And there are found of the sons of the priests that have settled strange women: of the sons of Jeshua son of Jozadak, and his brethren, Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah; Ezra 10:19 and they give their hand to send out their wives, and, being guilty, a ram of the flock, for their guilt. Ezra 10:20 And of the sons of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah; Ezra 10:21 and of the sons of Harim: Masseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah; Ezra 10:22 and of the sons of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah. Ezra 10:23 And of the Levites: Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiahhe [is] Kelita,Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer. Ezra 10:24 And of the singers: Eliashib. And of the gatekeepers: Shallum, and Telem, and Uri. Ezra 10:25 And of Israel: of the sons of Parosh: Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchijah, 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 Elijah. Ezra 10:27 And of the sons of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza. Ezra 10:28 And of the sons of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, 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, Shemariah. Ezra 10:33 Of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, Shimei. Ezra 10:34 Of the sons of Bani: Maadai, Amram, and Uel, Ezra 10:35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Cheluhu, 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 Machnadbai, Shashai, Sharai, Ezra 10:41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah, Ezra 10:42 Shallum, Amariah, Joseph. Ezra 10:43 Of the sons of Nebo: Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, Benaiah; Ezra 10:44 all these have taken strange women, and there are of them womenwho adopt sons.