Bible: Ezra 10:1-4

The People Confess Their Sins

10:1 While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself to the ground before the temple of God, a very large crowd of Israelites – men, women, and children alike – gathered around him. The people wept loudly. 1  10:2 Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, from the descendants of Elam, 2  addressed Ezra:

“We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying 3  foreign women from the local peoples. 4  Nonetheless, there is still hope for Israel in this regard. 5  10:3 Therefore let us enact 6  a covenant with our God to send away all these women and their offspring, in keeping with your counsel, my lord, 7  and that of those who respect 8  the commandments of our God. And let it be done according to the law. 10:4 Get up, for this matter concerns you. We are with you, so be strong and act decisively!

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