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1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had con­fessed, weep­ing and cast­ing him­self down be­fore the house of God, there as­sem­bled unto him out of Is­rael a very great con­gre­ga­tion of men and wom­en and chil­dren: for the peo­ple wept very sore. 2 And Shecha­ni­ah the son of Je­hiel, one of the sons of Elam, an­swered and said unto Ezra, We have tres­passed against our God, and have tak­en strange wives of the peo­ple of the land: yet now there is hope in Is­rael con­cern­ing this thing. 3 Now there­fore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, ac­cord­ing to the coun­sel of my lord, and of those that trem­ble at the com­mand­ment of our God; and let it be done ac­cord­ing to the law. 4 Arise; for this mat­ter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. 5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Is­rael, to swear that they should do ac­cord­ing to this word. And they sware. 6 Then Ezra rose up from be­fore the house of God, and went into the cham­ber of Jo­hanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thith­er, he did eat no bread, nor drink wa­ter: for he mourned be­cause of the trans­gres­sion of them that had been car­ried away. 7 And they made procla­ma­tion through­out Ju­dah and Jerusalem unto all the chil­dren of the cap­tiv­i­ty, that they should gath­er them­selves to­geth­er unto Jerusalem; 8 And that whoso­ev­er would not come with­in three days, ac­cord­ing to the coun­sel of the princes and the el­ders, all his sub­stance should be for­feit­ed, and him­self sep­a­rat­ed from the con­gre­ga­tion of those that had been car­ried away. 9 Then all the men of Ju­dah and Ben­jamin gath­ered them­selves to­geth­er unto Jerusalem with­in three days. It was the ninth month, on the twen­ti­eth day of the month; and all the peo­ple sat in the street of the house of God, trem­bling be­cause of this mat­ter, and for the great rain. 10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have trans­gressed, and have tak­en strange wives, to in­crease the tres­pass of Is­rael. 11 Now there­fore make con­fes­sion unto the LORD God of your fa­thers, and do his plea­sure: and sep­a­rate your­selves from the peo­ple of the land, and from the strange wives. 12 Then all the con­gre­ga­tion an­swered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do. 13 But the peo­ple are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand with­out, nei­ther is this a work of one day or two: for we are many that have trans­gressed in this thing. 14 Let now our rulers of all the con­gre­ga­tion stand, and let all them which have tak­en strange wives in our cities come at ap­point­ed times, and with them the el­ders of ev­ery city, and the judges there­of, un­til the fierce wrath of our God for this mat­ter be turned from us. 15 Only Jonathan the son of Asa­hel and Ja­hazi­ah the son of Tik­vah were em­ployed about this matter: and Meshul­lam and Shab­bethai the Levite helped them. 16 And the chil­dren of the cap­tiv­i­ty did so. And Ezra the priest, with cer­tain chief of the fa­thers, af­ter the house of their fa­thers, and all of them by their names, were sep­a­rat­ed, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to ex­am­ine the mat­ter. 17 And they made an end with all the men that had tak­en strange wives by the first day of the first month. 18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had tak­en strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maa­seiah, and Eliez­er, and Jarib, and Gedali­ah. 19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their tres­pass. 20 And of the sons of Im­mer; Hanani, and Ze­ba­di­ah. 21 And of the sons of Harim; Maa­seiah, and Eli­jah, and She­ma­iah, and Je­hiel, and Uzzi­ah. 22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioe­nai, Maa­seiah, Ish­mael, Netha­neel, Joz­abad, and Elasah. 23 Also of the Levites; Joz­abad, and Shimei, and Ke­la­iah, (the same is Ke­li­ta, ) Pethahi­ah, Ju­dah, and Eliez­er. 24 Of the singers al­so; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shal­lum, and Telem, and Uri. 25 More­over of Is­rael: of the sons of Parosh; Rami­ah, and Jezi­ah, and Malchi­ah, and Mi­amin, and Eleazar, and Malchi­jah, and Be­na­iah. 26 And of the sons of Elam; Mat­ta­ni­ah, Zechari­ah, and Je­hiel, and Ab­di, and Jer­e­moth, and Eli­ah. 27 And of the sons of Zat­tu; Elioe­nai, Eliashib, Mat­ta­ni­ah, and Jer­e­moth, and Zabad, and Az­iza. 28 Of the sons also of Be­bai; Je­ho­hanan, Hana­ni­ah, Zab­bai, and Ath­lai. 29 And of the sons of Bani; Meshul­lam, Mal­luch, and Ada­iah, Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth. 30 And of the sons of Pa­hath­moab; Ad­na, and Chelal, Be­na­iah, Maa­seiah, Mat­ta­ni­ah, Beza­leel, and Bin­nui, and Man­asseh. 31 And of the sons of Harim; Eliez­er, Ishi­jah, Malchi­ah, She­ma­iah, Shime­on, 32 Ben­jamin, Mal­luch, and She­mari­ah. 33 Of the sons of Hashum; Mat­te­nai, Mat­tathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jere­mai, Man­asseh, and Shimei. 34 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Am­ram, and Uel, 35 Be­na­iah, Be­deiah, Chel­luh, 36 Va­ni­ah, Mer­e­moth, Eliashib, 37 Mat­ta­ni­ah, Mat­te­nai, and Jaasau, 38 And Bani, and Bin­nui, Shimei, 39 And Shelemi­ah, and Nathan, and Ada­iah, 40 Mach­nade­bai, Shashai, Sharai, 41 Aza­reel, and Shelemi­ah, She­mari­ah, 42 Shal­lum, Amari­ah, and Joseph. 43 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mat­tithi­ah, Zabad, Ze­bi­na, Jadau, and Joel, Be­na­iah. 44 All these had tak­en strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had chil­dren.