Bible: Ezra 10:1-6

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!

10:5 So Ezra got up and made the leading priests and Levites and all Israel take an oath to carry out this plan. 9  And they all took a solemn oath. 10:6 Then Ezra got up from in front of the temple of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he stayed 10  there, he did not eat food or drink water, for he was in mourning over the infidelity of the exiles.

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