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 great -- men and women and children -- for
the people have wept, multiplying weeping.
And Shechaniah son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, answereth
and saith to Ezra, 'We -- we have trespassed against our God, and we settle
strange women of the peoples of the land; and now there is hope for Israel
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
rise, for on thee is the matter, and we are
with thee; be strong, and do.'
And Ezra riseth, and causeth the heads of the priests, the
Levites, and all Israel, to swear to do according to this word -- and they
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.
And they cause a voice to pass over into Judah and
Jerusalem, to all sons of the removal, to be gathered to Jerusalem,
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.
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.
And Ezra the priest riseth, and saith unto them, 'Ye -- ye
have trespassed, and ye settle strange women, to add to the guilt of Israel;
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.'
And all the assembly answer and say with a great
voice, 'Right; according to thy word -- on us to do;
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.
'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
Only Jonathan son of Asahel, and Jahaziah son of Tikvah,
stood against this, and Meshullam, and Shabbethai the Levite, helped them.
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;
and they finish with all the men who have settled strange
women unto the first day of the first month.
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;
and they give their hand to send out their wives, and, being
guilty, a ram of the flock, for their guilt.
And of the sons of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah;
and of the sons of Harim: Masseiah, and Elijah, and
Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah;
and of the sons of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael,
Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.
And of the Levites: Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah -- he is
Kelita, -- Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.
And of the singers: Eliashib. And of the gatekeepers:
Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.
And of Israel: of the sons of Parosh: Ramiah, and Jeziah,
and Malchijah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah.
And of the sons of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel,
and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Elijah.
And of the sons of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and
Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.
And of the sons of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai,
And of the sons of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah,
Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.
And of the sons of Pahath-Moab: Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah,
Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.
And of the sons of Harim: Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah,
Benjamin, Malluch, Shemariah.
Of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad,
Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, Shimei.
Of the sons of Bani: Maadai, Amram, and Uel,
Benaiah, Bedeiah, Cheluhu,
Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,
Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,
and Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,
and Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,
Machnadbai, Shashai, Sharai,
Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,
Shallum, Amariah, Joseph.
Of the sons of Nebo: Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina,
Jadau, and Joel, Benaiah;
all these have taken strange women, and there are of them
women -- who adopt sons.