In those days also saw I Jews that had marriedwives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:24
And their childrenspakehalf in the speech of Ashdod, and coulda not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of eachpeople.25
And I contended with them, and cursedb them, and smotecertain of them, and plucked off their hair , and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.
Did not Solomonking of Israelsin by these things? yet among manynations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and Godmade him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandishwomen cause to sin .
Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this greatevil, to transgress against our God in marryingstrangewives?28
And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the highpriest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me.
29Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.