I told them, "It was foreign women that made King Solomon sin. Here was a man who was greater than any of the kings of other nations. God loved him and made him king over all of Israel, and yet he fell into this sin. 1
Are we then to follow your example and disobey our God by marrying foreign women?"
Joiada was the son of Eliashib the High Priest, but one of Joiada's sons married the daughter of Sanballat, from the town of Beth Horon, so I made Joiada leave Jerusalem. 2
Remember, God, how those people defiled both the office of priest and the covenant you made with the priests and the Levites.
I purified the people from everything foreign; I prepared regulations for the priests and the Levites so that all of them would know their duties;
I arranged for the wood used for burning the offerings to be brought at the proper times, and for the people to bring their offerings of the first grain and the first fruits that ripened. Remember all this, O God, and give me credit for it.