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2; And thou Ezra, aster the Wisdom of thy God, that is in thine Hand, set Magistrates and Judges, which may judge all the People that are beyond the River, and all such as know the Laws of thy God; and Teach ye them that know them not.
26 And whofoever will not do the Law of thy God, and the Law of the King, let Judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto Death, or to BanishMent, or to Confiscation of Goods, or to ImprisonMent.
27 Blessed be the Lord God of our Fathers, which hath put such a Thing as this in the King's Heart, to beautify the House of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.
28 And hath extended Mercy unto me, before the King, and his Counsellors, and before all the Kings mighty Princes: and I was strengthened as the Hand of the Lord my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel, chief Men to go up with me.
1 Ezra's Companions, who returned from Babylon. 15 He sendeth to Iddo for Minijlers for the Temple. 21 He keepeth a Fast. 24 He commits et h the Treasures to the Custody of the Priests. 31 From Ahava they come to Jerusalem. 33 The Treasure is weighed in the Temple. 3 6 The Commission is delivered.
Ver. 21 T"1 HE N I Ezra proclaimed a Fast at the River AJ. hava, that we might Afflict ourselves before our God, to Seek of him a right Way for us, and for our little ones, and for all Substance.
22 For as I was ashamed to require of the King a Band of Soldiers and Horsemen, to help us against the Enemy in the Way: because we had spoken unto the King, saying, The Hand of our God is upon all them for Good, that Seek him, but his Power and his Wrath is against all them that Forsake him.
23 So we sasted and Besought our God for this, and he was Intreated of us.
24. Then I separated twelve of the chief of the Priests, Sherebiah, Halhabiah, and ten of their Brethren with them, 25 And weighed unto them the Silver, and the Gold,
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and the Vessels, even the Offering of the House of our God, which the King and his Counsellors, and his Lords, and all Israel there prefent, had offered.
28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the Lord, the Vessels are holy also.
Zq Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief of the Priests, and the Levites, and chief of the Fathers of Israel at Jerusalem, in the Chambers of the House of the Lord.
31 Then we departed from the River Ahava, on the twelfth Day of the first Month, to go unto Jerusalem; and the Hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the Hand of the Enemy, and of such as lay in Wait by the Way.
32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three Days.
36 And they delivered the King's Commiffions unto the King's Lieutenants, and to the Governors on this Side the River, and they furthered the People, and the House of God.
l Ezra mow ruth for the Affinity os the People with Strangers: 5 He prayeth unto God with Consejjion of Sins.
Ver. 1 "^JO'W when thefe Things were done, the PrinJln ces came to me saying, The People of Israel, and the Priests, and the Levites have not separated themselves from the People of the Lands, doing according to their Abominations.
2 For they have taken of their Daughters for themselves, and for their Sons: so that the holy Seed have mingled themselves with the People of thofe Lands: yea, the Hand of the Princes and Rulers hath been chief in this Trefpass.
3 And when I heard this Thing, I rent my Garment and my Mantle, and pluckt off the Hair of my Head, and of my Beard, and sat down astonied.
4 Then were assembled unto me every one that TremBled at the Words of the God of Israel, because of the Transgression of thofe that had been carried away, and I sat astonied until the Evening Sacrifice.
5 And at the Evening Sacrifice, I arose up from my Heavinefs, and having rent my Garment and my Mantle, I sell
upon upon my Knees, and spread out my Hands unto the Lord my God.
6 And laid, O My God, I am Ashamed, and blush to lift up my Face to thee, my God: Our Iniquities are increased over our Heads, and our Trespasses is grown up unto the Heavens.
7 Since the Days of our Fathers, have we been in a great Trespass unto this Day, and for our Iniquities have we our Kings, and our Priests been delivered into the Hand of the Kings of the Lands, to the Sword, to Captivity, and to a Spoil, and to Confusion of Face, as it is this Day.
8 And now for a little Space Grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a Remnant to escape, and to give us a Nail in his holy Place, that our God may Lighten our Eyes, and give us a little Reviving in our Bondage.
9 For we were Bondmen, yet our God hath not ForSaken us in our Bondage, but hath extended Mercy unto us in the Sight of the Kings of Persia, to give us a Reviving, to set up the House of our God, and to repair the Desolations thereof, and to give us a Wall in Judah and Jerusalem.
10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy Commandments.
11 Which thou hast commanded by thy Servants the Prophets, saying, The Land unto which ye go to possess it is an Unclean Land with the Filthiness of the People' of the Lands, with their Abominations, which have silled it from one End to another, with their Uncleanness.
12 Now therefore give not your Daughters unto their Sons, neither take their Daughters unto your Sons, nor seek their Peace, or their Wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the Good of the Land, and leave it for an Inheritance to your Children for ever.
13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil Deeds, and for our great Trespass, seeing that thou our God hast Punished Us less than our Iniquities Deserve, and hast given us such Deliverance as this.
14 Should we again break thy Commandments, and join in Affinity with the People of these Abominations? wouldest thou not be angry with us, till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no Remnant nor escaping?
15 O Lord God of Israel, thou art Righteous, for
we we remain yet efcaped, as it is this Day: behold, we are before thee in our Trespasses: for we cannot Stand before thee, because of this.
i Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange Marriage. 6 Ezra Mourning astembleth the People. 9 The People at the Exhortation of Ezra, repent and promise Amendment. 15 Their Care to perform it. 18 The Names of them which had married strange Wives,
Ver. 1 VTOW when Ezra had prayed, and when he ha3 JL\ 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 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 thofe 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 arofe 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 rofe 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 ihould gather themselves together unto Jerusalem.
8 And that whofoever would not come within three Days, all his Substance should be forseited, and himself separated from the Congregation.
9 Then all the Men of Judah and Benjamin gathered
themselves together unto Jerusalem, and all the People sat in the Street of the House of God, Trembling because of this Matter, and for the Great Rain.
Io And Ezra the Priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange Wives, to encrease the Trespass of Israel.
11 Now therefore make Confession unto the Lord God of your Fathers, and Do his Pleasure :'and separate your selves 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 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 Mefhullam, 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, 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.