Then Ezra went from the court of the Temple into the living quarters of Jehohanan son of Eliashib
and spent the night there grieving over the people's terrible violation of the Law. He did not eat or drink anything.
A message was sent throughout Jerusalem and Judah, calling all those who had returned from exile to meet in Jerusalem,
by order of the leaders of the people. If anyone failed to come within two or three days, his cattle would be confiscated, and he would lose his right to be a member of the community.
Within the three days, on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the men of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin came to Jerusalem
and assembled in the Temple square. Everyone was shivering from the cold because it was wintertime.
Then Ezra stood up and spoke to them, "You have broken the Law and brought guilt on Israel by marrying foreign women.
Now then, tell the truth and confess your sins to the Lord, the God of our ancestors,
and do what he requires. Separate yourselves from the foreigners living in our land and get rid of your foreign wives."
The people shouted in reply, "We will do whatever you say."
But they added, "The crowd is too big, and it's wintertime. We can't stand here in the open like this. This isn't something that can be settled in one or two days, since so many of us are involved in this sin.
Let our officials stay in Jerusalem and take charge of the matter. Then let anyone who has a foreign wife come at an appointed time,
together with the leaders and the judges of his city. In this way God's anger over this situation will be turned away."
Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah assumed responsibility for the plan; and Meshullam, Levi, and Shabbethai served with them as judges.
The returned exiles carried out the investigation in full.
Ezra the priest appointed men from among the heads of the clans and recorded their names. On the first day of the tenth month they began their investigation.
And within the next three months they investigated all the cases of men with foreign wives.
The following is a list of the men who had foreign wives: [Priests, ]listed by clans:
Clan of Joshua and his brothers, sons of Jozadak: Maaseiah, Eliezar, Jarib, and Jodan.
They promised to divorce their wives, and they offered rams as a sacrifice for their sins.
Clan of Immer: Hanani, Zebadiah, Manes, Shemaiah, Jehiel, and Azariah
Clan of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nathanael, Okidelus, and Elasah
[Levites:] Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (also called Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Jonah
[Musicians:] Eliashib and Bacchurus
[Temple guards:] Shallum and Telem
[Others:] Clan of Parosh: Ramiah, Izziah, Malchijah, Milelos, Eleazar, Asebiah, Benaiah
Clan of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jezriel, Abdi, Jeremoth, and Elijah
Clan of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Othoniah, Jeremoth, Zabad, and Zerdaiah
Clan of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Emathis
Clan of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal, and Jeremoth
Clan of Addi: Naathus, Moossias, Laccunus, Naidus, Bescaspasmys, Sesthel, Belnuus, and Manasseas
Clan of Annan: Elionas, Asiah, Melchiah, Sabbaiah, and Simon Chosamaeus
Clan of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Manasseh, and Shimei
Clan of Bani: Jeremai, Maadai, Amram, Joel, Mamdai, Bedeiah, Vaniah, Carabasion, Eliashib, Machnadebai, Eliasis, Binnui, Elialis, Shimei, Shelemiah, and Nathaniah Clan of Ezora: Shashai, Azarel, Azael, Shemaiah, Amariah, and Joseph
Clan of Nebo: Mattithiah, Zabad, Iddo, Joel, and Benaiah
All these men had foreign wives. They divorced them and sent them and their children away.
The priests, the Levites, and many of the ordinary people of Israel settled in Jerusalem and its vicinity. By the seventh month the other Israelites were all settled in their towns. On the first day of that month 1
they all assembled in Jerusalem in the square just inside the east gate of the Temple.
They asked Ezra, the High Priest and scholar of the Law which the Lord had given Israel through Moses, to bring the book of the Law.
So Ezra brought it to the place where all the people - men, women, and all the priests - had gathered to hear it.
There in the square by the gate he read the Law to them from dawn until noon, and they all listened attentively.
Ezra was standing on a wooden platform that had been built for the occasion.
The following men stood at his right: Mattathiah, Shema, Ananiah, Azariah, Uriah, Hezekiah, and Baalsamos;
and the following stood at his left: Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Lothasubus, Nabariah, and Zechariah.
Ezra took his seat on the platform in a prominent place where everyone could see him. As soon as he took the book of the Law
and opened it, all the people stood up. Ezra said, "Praise the Lord, God Most High, God Almighty, Ruler of all."
All the people raised their arms in the air and answered, "Amen!" They knelt down in worship, with their faces to the ground.
The following Levites taught the Law of the Lord to the people: Jeshua, Anniuth, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maiannas, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, and Peliah. They read the Law to the people and explained what was read.
When the people heard what the Law required, they were so moved that they began to weep. The governor said to Ezra, the priest and scholar of the Law, and to all the Levites who were teaching the people, "This day is holy to the Lord;
go home and have a feast. Share your food and wine with those who don't have any.
Today is holy to the Lord, so don't be sad. He will restore your former glory."
The Levites gave the command to all the people: "This day is holy; do not be sad."
So all the people went home and joyfully ate and drank and shared what they had with those who had nothing. They celebrated
because they understood what had been read to them. Then they assembled. . . .