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Ezra 10:44

44 All these had married foreign women, and some of them had children by these wives.a

Read Ezra 10:44 Using Other Translations

All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.
All these had married foreign women, and some of the women had even borne children.
Each of these men had a pagan wife, and some even had children by these wives.

What does Ezra 10:44 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezra 10:44

All these had taken strange wives
In all about one hundred and thirteen:

and some of them had wives by whom they had children;
and yet they put them away, which made it the more difficult for them to do; and those that had none, it is thought to be a mark of God's displeasure at such marriages. No mention being made of the children being put away, as Shechaniah proposed, ( Ezra 10:3 ) , it may be concluded they were not, but were taken care of, to be educated in the true religion, and entered proselytes at a proper time; and the rather, as Ezra gave no orders about their putting away, ( Ezra 10:11 ) .

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