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Ezra 9:1-5 (English Standard Version)

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Ezra Prays About Intermarriage

1 After these things had been done, the officials approached me and said, "The people of Israel and the priests and the 1Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands 2with their abominations, from the 3Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 2 4For they have taken some of their daughters to be wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the 5holy racea has 6mixed itself with the peoples of the lands. And in this faithlessness the hand of the officials and chief men has been foremost." 3 As soon as I heard this, I 7tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and 8sat appalled. 4 Then all who 9trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the faithlessness of the returned exiles, gathered around me while I sat 10appalled until the evening sacrifice. 5 And at the 11evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment 12and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees 13and spread out my hands to the LORD my God,
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