Then Ezrarose and 1made the leadingpriests, the Levites and allIsrael, takeoath that they would do according to thisaproposal; so they took the oath.
Then Ezra2rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he wentthere, 3he did not eatbreadnordrinkwater, for he was mourningover the unfaithfulness of the exiles.
They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles , that they should assemble at Jerusalem,
and that whoever would not come within threedays, according to the counsel of the leaders and the elders, all his possessions should be forfeited and he himselfexcluded from the assembly of the exiles.
So all the men of Judah and Benjaminassembled at Jerusalem within the threedays. It was the ninthmonth on the twentieth of the month, and all the peoplesat in the opensquare before the house of God, 4tremblingbecause of this matter and the heavy rain.
Then Ezra the prieststood up and said to them, "You have beenunfaithful and have marriedforeignwivesadding to the guilt of Israel.
11"Now therefore, 5makeconfession to the LORDGod of your fathers and 6do His will; and 7separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreignwives."
Then all the assemblyreplied with a loudvoice, "That's right! As you have said, so it is bour duty to do.
"But there are manypeople; it is the rainyseason and we are not able to stand in the open. Nor can the task be done in one or twodays, for we have transgressedgreatly in thismatter.
"Let our leaderscrepresent the wholeassembly and let all those in our cities who have marriedforeignwivescome at appointedtimes, together with the elders and judges of eachcity, until the 8fierceanger of our God on account of thismatter is turnedaway from us."
15OnlyJonathan the son of Asahel and Jahzeiah the son of Tikvahdopposedthis, with Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levitesupporting them.