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Ezra 10

BBE 1 Now while Ezra was making his prayer and his statement of wrongdoing, weeping and falling down before the house of God, a very great number of men and women and children out of Israel came together round him: for the people were weeping bitterly. NIV 1 While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. BBE 2 And Shecaniah, the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answering, said to Ezra, We have done evil against our God, and have taken as our wives strange women of the peoples of the land: but still there is hope for Israel in this question. NIV 2 Then Shekaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel. BBE 3 Let us now make an agreement with our God to put away all the wives and all their children, if it seems right to my lord and to those who go in fear of the words of our God; and let it be done in keeping with the law. NIV 3 Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law. BBE 4 Up, now! for this is your business, and we are with you; take heart and do it. NIV 4 Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.” BBE 5 Then Ezra got up, and made the chiefs of the priests and the Levites and all Israel take an oath that they would do this. So they took an oath. NIV 5 So Ezra rose up and put the leading priests and Levites and all Israel under oath to do what had been suggested. And they took the oath. BBE 6 Then Ezra got up from before the house of God and went into the room of Jehohanan, the son of Eliashib; but when he came there, he took no food or drink, for he was sorrowing for the sin of those who had come back. NIV 6 Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles. BBE 7 And they made a public statement through all Judah and Jerusalem, to all those who had come back, that they were to come together to Jerusalem; NIV 7 A proclamation was then issued throughout Judah and Jerusalem for all the exiles to assemble in Jerusalem. BBE 8 And that if anyone did not come before three days were past, as ordered by the rulers and the responsible men, all his goods would be put under the curse, and he himself would be cut off from the meeting of the people who had come back. NIV 8 Anyone who failed to appear within three days would forfeit all his property, in accordance with the decision of the officials and elders, and would himself be expelled from the assembly of the exiles. BBE 9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin came together to Jerusalem before three days were past; it was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people were seated in the wide square in front of the house of God, shaking with fear because of this business and because of the great rain. NIV 9 Within the three days, all the men of Judah and Benjamin had gathered in Jerusalem. And on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the people were sitting in the square before the house of God, greatly distressed by the occasion and because of the rain. BBE 10 And Ezra the priest got to his feet and said to them, You have done wrong and taken strange women for your wives, so increasing the sin of Israel. NIV 10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. BBE 11 So now, give praise to the Lord, the God of your fathers, and do his pleasure; and make yourselves separate from the peoples of the land and from the strange women. NIV 11 Now honor the LORD, the God of your ancestors, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.” BBE 12 Then all the people, answering, said with a loud voice, As you have said, so it is right for us to do. NIV 12 The whole assembly responded with a loud voice: “You are right! We must do as you say. BBE 13 But the number of people is great, and it is a time of much rain; it is not possible for us to go on waiting outside, and this is not a thing which may be done in one day or even two: for our sin in this business is great. NIV 13 But there are many people here and it is the rainy season; so we cannot stand outside. Besides, this matter cannot be taken care of in a day or two, because we have sinned greatly in this thing. BBE 14 So now let our rulers be representatives for all the people, and let all those in our towns who are married to strange women come at fixed times, and with them the responsible men and the judges of every town, till the burning wrath of our God is turned away from us, and this has been done. NIV 14 Let our officials act for the whole assembly. Then let everyone in our towns who has married a foreign woman come at a set time, along with the elders and judges of each town, until the fierce anger of our God in this matter is turned away from us.” BBE 15 Only Jonathan, the son of Asahel, and Jahzeiah, the son of Tikvah, were against this, Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite supporting them. NIV 15 Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah, supported by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite, opposed this. BBE 16 So those who had come back did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain heads of families, by their fathers' families, all of them by their names, were marked out; and on the first day of the tenth month they took their places to go into the question with care. NIV 16 So the exiles did as was proposed. Ezra the priest selected men who were family heads, one from each family division, and all of them designated by name. On the first day of the tenth month they sat down to investigate the cases, BBE 17 And they got to the end of all the men who were married to strange women by the first day of the first month. NIV 17 and by the first day of the first month they finished dealing with all the men who had married foreign women. BBE 18 And among the sons of the priests who were married to strange women were these: of the sons of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak and his brothers, Maaseiah and Eliezer and Jarib and Gedaliah. NIV 18 Among the descendants of the priests, the following had married foreign women: From the descendants of Joshua son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah. BBE 19 And they gave their word that they would put away their wives; and for their sin, they gave an offering of a male sheep of the flock. NIV 19 (They all gave their hands in pledge to put away their wives, and for their guilt they each presented a ram from the flock as a guilt offering.) BBE 20 And of the sons of Immer, Hanani and Zebadiah. NIV 20 From the descendants of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah. BBE 21 And of the sons of Harim, Maaseiah and Elijah and Shemaiah and Jehiel and Uzziah. NIV 21 From the descendants of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel and Uzziah. BBE 22 And of the sons of Pashhur, Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Elasah. NIV 22 From the descendants of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad and Elasah. BBE 23 And of the Levites, Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah (that is Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer. NIV 23 Among the Levites: Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (that is, Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah and Eliezer. BBE 24 And of the music-makers, Eliashib; and of the door-keepers, Shallum and Telem and Uri. NIV 24 From the musicians: Eliashib. From the gatekeepers: Shallum, Telem and Uri. BBE 25 And of Israel, the sons of Parosh, Ramiah and Izziah and Malchijah and Mijamin and Eleazar and Malchijah and Benaiah. NIV 25 And among the other Israelites: From the descendants of Parosh: Ramiah, Izziah, Malkijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Malkijah and Benaiah. BBE 26 And of the sons of Elam, Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel and Abdi and Jeremoth and Elijah. NIV 26 From the descendants of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth and Elijah. BBE 27 And of the sons of Zattu, Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth and Zabad and Aziza. NIV 27 From the descendants of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad and Aziza. BBE 28 And of the sons of Bebai, Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, Athlai. NIV 28 From the descendants of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai and Athlai. BBE 29 And of the sons of Bani, Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub and Sheal, Jeremoth. NIV 29 From the descendants of Bani: Meshullam, Malluk, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal and Jeremoth. BBE 30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab, Adna and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel and Binnui and Manasseh. NIV 30 From the descendants of Pahath-Moab: Adna, Kelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui and Manasseh. BBE 31 And of the sons of Harim, Eliezer, Isshijah, Malchijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, NIV 31 From the descendants of Harim: Eliezer, Ishijah, Malkijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, BBE 32 Benjamin, Malluch, Shemariah. NIV 32 Benjamin, Malluk and Shemariah. BBE 33 Of the sons of Hashum, Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, Shimei. NIV 33 From the descendants of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh and Shimei. BBE 34 Of the sons of Bani, Maadai, Amram, and Uel, NIV 34 From the descendants of Bani: Maadai, Amram, Uel, BBE 35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Cheluhi, NIV 35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Keluhi, BBE 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, NIV 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, BBE 37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasu, NIV 37 Mattaniah, Mattenai and Jaasu. BBE 38 And Bani and Binnui, Shimei; NIV 38 From the descendants of Binnui:Shimei, BBE 39 And Shelemiah and Nathan and Adaiah, NIV 39 Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah, BBE 40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, NIV 40 Maknadebai, Shashai, Sharai, BBE 41 Azarel and Shelemiah, Shemariah, NIV 41 Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah, BBE 42 Shallum, Amariah, Joseph. NIV 42 Shallum, Amariah and Joseph. BBE 43 Of the sons of Nebo, Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Iddo, and Joel, Benaiah. NIV 43 From the descendants of Nebo: Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel and Benaiah. BBE 44 All these had taken strange wives; and some of them had wives by whom they had offspring. NIV 44 All these had married foreign women, and some of them had children by these wives.

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