and being guilty;
of which they were fully convinced:
they offered a ram of the flock for their
to make atonement for it, and thereby set an example to others to do the like. Aben Ezra observes, that we do not find that the trespass offering was a mulct to such who married strange wives, and conjectures, that it was the advice of the chief men to do it. From hence, to the end of ( Ezra 10:43 ) , is a list of the men that had married strange wives, and put them away; those in ( Ezra 10:20-22 ) , were priests; in ( Ezra 10:23 Ezra 10:24 ) , Levites, and those of them who were singers or porters; the rest were Israelites: and it is a very common distinction, in rabbinical writers, to distinguish the Jews into priests, Levites, and Israelites; of these we know no more than their names; some of the heads of the families may be observed in ( Ezra 2:1 ) .