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Ezra 10:1-4 (New American Standard)

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Reconciliation with God

1 Now 1while Ezra was praying and making confession, weeping and prostrating himself 2before the house of God, a very large assembly, men, women and children, gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept bitterly . 2 Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, "3We have been unfaithful to our God and have amarried foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this. 3 "So now 4let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and b5their children, according to the counsel of cmy lord and of 6those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done 7according to the law. 4 "Arise! For this matter is dyour responsibility, but we will be with you; 8be courageous and act."
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