Now while Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there was gathered together to him out of Yisra'el a very great assembly of men and women and children; for the people wept very sore.
Shekhanyahu the son of Yechi'el, one of the sons of `Elam, answered Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have married foreign women of the peoples of the land: yet now there is hope for Yisra'el concerning this thing.
Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those who tremble at the mitzvah of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
Arise; for the matter belongs to you, and we are with you: be of good courage, and do it.
Then arose Ezra, and made the chiefs of the Kohanim, the Levites, and all Yisra'el, to swear that they would do according to this word. So they swore.
Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Yehochanan the son of Elyashiv: and [when] he came there, he ate no bread, nor drink water; for he mourned because of the trespass of them of the captivity.
They made proclamation throughout Yehudah and Yerushalayim to all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together to Yerushalayim;
and that whoever didn't come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the Zakenim, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the assembly of the captivity.
Then all the men of Yehudah and Binyamin gathered themselves together to Yerushalayim within the three days; it was the ninth month, on the twentieth [day] of the month: and all the people sat in the broad place before the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain.
Ezra the Kohen stood up, and said to them, You have trespassed, and have married foreign women, to increase the guilt of Yisra'el.
Now therefore make confession to the LORD, the God of your fathers, and do his pleasure; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the foreign women.
Then all the assembly answered with a loud voice, As you have said concerning us, so must we do.
But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand outside: neither is this a work of one day or two; for we have greatly transgressed in this matter.
Let now our princes be appointed for all the assembly, and let all those who are in our cities who have married foreign women come at appointed times, and with them the Zakenim of every city, and the judges of it, until the fierce wrath of our God be turned from us, until this matter be dispatched.
Only Yonatan the son of `Asa'el and Yachzeyah the son of Tikvah stood up against this [matter]: and Meshullam and Shabbetai the Levite helped them.
The children of the captivity did so. Ezra the Kohen, [with] certain heads of fathers' [houses], after their fathers' houses, and all of them by their names, were set apart; and they sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.
They made an end with all the men who had married foreign women by the first day of the first month.
Among the sons of the Kohanim there were found who had married foreign women: [namely], of the sons of Yeshua, the son of Yotzadak, and his brothers, Ma`aseyah, and Eli`ezer, and Yariv, and Gedalyahu.
They gave their hand that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, [they offered] a ram of the flock for their guilt.
Of the sons of Immer: Hanani and Zevadyah.
Of the sons of Harim: Ma`aseyah, and Eliyah, and Shemayah, and Yechi'el, and `Uzziyah.
Of the sons of Pashchur: Elyo`enai, Ma`aseyah, Yishma'el, Netan'el, Yozavad, and El`asah.
Of the Levites: Yozavad, and Shim`i, and Kelayah (the same is Kelita), Petachyah, Yehudah, and Eli`ezer.
Of the singers: Elyashiv. Of the porters: Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.
Of Yisra'el: Of the sons of Par`osh: Ramyah, and Yizziyah, and Malkiyah, and Miyamin, and El`azar, and Malkiyah, and Benayah.
Of the sons of `Elam: Mattanyah, Zekharyah, and Yechi'el, and `Avdi, and Yeremot, and Eliyah.
Of the sons of Zattu: Elyo`enai, Elyashiv, Mattanyah, and Yeremot, and Zavad, and Aziza.
Of the sons of Bevai: Yehochanan, Hananyah, Zakkai, `Atlai.
Of the sons of Bani: Meshullam, Mallukh, and `Adayah, Yashuv, and She'al, Ramot.
Of the sons of Pachat-Mo'av: `Adna, and Kelal, Benayah, Ma`aseyah, Mattanyah, Betzal'el, and Binnui, and Menashsheh.
[of] the sons of Harim: Eli`ezer, Yishshiyah, Malkiyah, Shemayah, Shim`on,
Binyamin, Mallukh, Shemaryahu.
Of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zavad, Elifelet, Yeremai, Menashsheh, Shim`i.
Of the sons of Bani: Ma`adai, `Amram, and U'el,
Benayah, Bedeyah, Keluhu,
Vanyah, Meremot, Elyashiv,
Mattanyah, Mattenai, and Ya`asai,
and Bani, and Binnui, Shim`i,
and Shelemyahu, and Natan, and `Adayah,
Makhnadvai, Shashai, Sharai,
`Azar'el, and Shelemyahu, Shemaryahu,
Shallum, Amaryah, Yosef.
Of the sons of Nevo: Ye`i'el, Mattityah, Zavad, Zevina, Yaddai, and Yo'el, Benayah.
All these had taken foreign wives; and some of them had wives by whom they had children.