Now when Ezra had prayed , and when he had confessed , weeping and casting himself downbefore the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a verygreatcongregation of men and women and children: for the peopleweptaverysore.2
And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam,answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have takenstrangewives of the people of the land: yet now there ishope in Israel 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 that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.4Arise ; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage , and do it.
Then aroseEzra, and made the chiefpriests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware .
Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drinkwater: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.7
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;8
And that whosoever would not come within threedays, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited ,b and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.9
Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within threedays. It was the ninthmonth, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the peoplesat in the street of the house of God,trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain.10
And Ezra the priest stood up , and said unto them, Ye have transgressed , and have takencstrangewives, to increase the trespass of Israel.11
Now therefore makeconfession unto the LORDGod of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strangewives.12
Then all the congregationanswered and said with a loudvoice, As thou hast said, so must we do .
13But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to standwithout, neither is this a work of oneday or two: for we are manyd that have transgressed in this thing.14
Let now our rulers of all the congregationstand , and let all them which have takenstrangewives in our citiescome at appointedtimes, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fiercewrath of our God for this matter be turned from us.
Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levitehelped them.
And the children of the captivity did so . And Ezra the priest, with certainchief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated , and sat down in the firstday of the tenthmonth to examine the matter.17
And they made an end with all the men that had takenstrangewives by the firstday of the firstmonth.18
And among the sons of the priests there were found that had takenstrangewives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren;Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah.19
And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their trespass.20
And of the sons of Immer;Hanani, and Zebadiah.21
And of the sons of Harim;Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah.22
And of the sons of Pashur;Elioenai,Maaseiah,Ishmael,Nethaneel,Jozabad, and Elasah.23
Also of the Levites;Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah, (the same is Kelita,) Pethahiah,Judah, and Eliezer.24
Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters;Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.25
Moreover of Israel: of the sons of Parosh;Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah.26
And of the sons of Elam;Mattaniah,Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.27
And of the sons of Zattu;Elioenai,Eliashib,Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.28
Of the sons also of Bebai;Jehohanan,Hananiah,Zabbai , and Athlai.29
And of the sons of Bani;Meshullam,Malluch, and Adaiah,Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.30
And of the sons of Pahathmoab;Adna, and Chelal,Benaiah,Maaseiah,Mattaniah,Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.31
And of the sons of Harim;Eliezer,Ishijah,Malchiah,Shemaiah,Shimeon,32Benjamin,Malluch, and Shemariah.33
Of the sons of Hashum;Mattenai,Mattathah,Zabad,Eliphelet,Jeremai,Manasseh, and Shimei.34
Of the sons of Bani;Maadai,Amram, and Uel,35Benaiah,Bedeiah,Chelluh,36Vaniah,Meremoth,Eliashib,37Mattaniah,Mattenai, and Jaasau,38
And Bani, and Binnui,Shimei,39
And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,40Machnadebai,eShashai,Sharai,41Azareel, and Shelemiah,Shemariah,42Shallum,Amariah, and Joseph.43
Of the sons of Nebo;Jeiel,Mattithiah,Zabad,Zebina,Jadau, and Joel,Benaiah.44
All these had takenstrangewives: and some of them hadwives by whom they hadchildren.