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The People`s Confession of Sin...
And while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the House of Elohim, a very large assembly - men and women and children - gathered unto him from Yisra`el, for the people wept very bitterly.
And Shekanyah son of Yehi'el, one of the sons of Olam, spoke up and said to Ezra, 'We have trespassed against our Elohim, and have taken foreign women from the peoples of the land. And now there is expectancy in Yisra'el concerning this.
'Now then, let us make a covenant with our Elohim to put away all these wives and those who have been born to them, according to the counsel of YHWH and of those who tremble at the command of our Elohim. And let it be done according to the Torah.
'Arise, for the matter is upon you, but we are with you. Be strong and act.'
And Ezra rose, and made the leaders of the priests, the Lewites, and all Yisra'el, to swear to do according to this word. And they swore.
Then Ezra rose up from before the House of Elohim, and went into the room of Yehohanan son of Elyashib. And he went there - he ate no bread and drank no water for he mourned because of the trespass of the exiles.
And they passed a call throughout Yehudah and Yerushalayim to all the sons of the exile, to gather at Yerushalayim,
and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the leaders and elders, all his goods would be put under a ban, and himself separated from the assembly of the exiles.
Then all the men of Yehudah and Binyamin gathered at Yerushalayim within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth of the month. And all the people sat in the open space of the House of Elohim, trembling because of the matter and because of showers of rain.
And Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, 'You, you have trespassed and have taken foreign women, adding to the guilt of Yisra'el.
'And now, make confession to YHWH Elohim of your fathers, and do His desire, and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the foreign women.'
And all the assembly answered and said with a loud voice, 'Right! It is upon us to do according to your word.
'But the people are many, and it is the season of showers of rain, and we are not able to stand outside. And the work not of one or two days, for we have greatly transgressed in this matter.
'Please, let the leaders of all the assembly stand. And let all those in our cities who have taken foreign women come at appointed times, together with the elders and judges of their cities, until the burning wrath of our Elohim is turned away from us in this matter.'
Only Yonathan son of Asah'el and Yahzeyah son of Tiqwah opposed this, and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Lewite gave them support.
Then the sons of the exile did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain heads of the fathers' houses, were separated by the fathers' houses, each of them by name. And they sat down on the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.
And they finished with all the men who had taken foreign women by the first day of the second month.
Those Guilty of Intermarriage...
And among the sons of the priests who had taken foreign women were found of the sons of Yeshua son of Yotsadaq, and his brothers: Ma`aseyah, and Eli`ezer, and Yarib, and Gedalyah.
And they gave their hand in pledge to put away their wives. And being guilty, they presented a ram of the flock for their guilt.
And of the sons of Immer: Hanani and Zebadyah;
and of the sons of Harim: Ma'aseyah, and Eliyah, and Shemayah, and Yehi'el, and Uzziyah;
and of the sons of Pashhur: Elyo'eynai, Ma'aseyah, Yishma'el, Nethane'l, Yozabad, and El'asah.
And of the Lewites: Yozabad, Shim'i, Qelayah - he is Qelita - Pethahyah, Yehudah, and Eli'ezer.
And of the singers: Elyashib. And of the gatekeepers: Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.
And of Yisra'el of the sons of Parosh: Ramyah, and Yizziyah, and Malkiyah, and Miyamin, and El'azar, and Malkiyah, and Benayah;
and of the sons of Eylam: Mattanyah, Zekaryah, and Yehi'el, and Abdi, and Yeremoth, and Eliyah;
and of the sons of Zattu: Elyo'eynai, Elyashib, Mattanyah, and Yeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza;
and of the sons of Bebai: Yehohanan, Hananyah, Zabbai, and Athlai;
and of the sons of Bani: Meshullam, Malluk, and Adayah, Yashub, and She'al, Ramoth;
and of the sons of Pahath-Mo'ab: Adna, and Kelal, Benayah, Ma'aseyah, Mattanyah, Betsal'el, and Binnui, and Menashsheh;
and of the sons of Harim: Eli'ezer, Yishshiyah, Malkiyah, Shemayah, Shim'on,
Binyamin, Malluk, and Shemaryah;
of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Yeremai, Menashsheh, and Shim'i;
of the sons of Bani: Ma'adai, Amram, and U'el,
Benayah, Bedeyah, Keluhu,
Wanyah, Meremoth, Elyashib,
Mattanyah, Mattenai, and Ya'asu,
and Bani, and Binnui, Shim'i,
and Shelemyah, and Nathan, and Adayah,
Maknadebai, Shashai, Sharai,
Azar'el, and Shelemyahu, Shemaryah,
Shallum, Amaryah, and Yoseph;
of the sons of Nebo: Ye'i'el, Mattithyah, Zabad, Zebina, Yaddu, and Yo'el, Benayah.
All these had taken foreign women, and some of them had women who had borne children.