Nehemiah 9:2

2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors.

Read Nehemiah 9:2 Using Other Translations

And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors.

What does Nehemiah 9:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Nehemiah 9:2

And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers,
&c.] Such as were genuine Israelites, of the seed of Abraham, who had married wives of the Gentiles, strangers to the commonwealth of Israel, either before the reformation by Ezra, not being then discovered, or had fallen into this evil since; but now, on the reading of the law, were convinced of it, and so separated themselves from such wives, which was a proof of the truth of their repentance:

and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their
fathers:
particularly their taking of strange wives, which their fathers had also done, and set them a bad example, which they had followed; of standing and confessing, see ( Luke 18:13 ) .

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