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Ezra 10:7-12

Context

10:7 A proclamation 1  was circulated 2  throughout Judah and Jerusalem 3  that all the exiles were to be assembled in Jerusalem. 10:8 Everyone who did not come within three days would thereby forfeit all his property, in keeping with the counsel of the officials and the elders. Furthermore, he himself would be excluded from the assembly of the exiles.

10:9 All the men of Judah and Benjamin were gathered in Jerusalem within the three days. (It was in the ninth month, on the twentieth day of that month.) All the people sat in the square at the temple of God, trembling because of this matter and because of the rains.

10:10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have behaved in an unfaithful manner by taking foreign wives! This has contributed to the guilt of Israel. 10:11 Now give praise to the Lord God of your fathers, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the local residents 4  and from these foreign wives.”

10:12 All the assembly replied in a loud voice: “We will do just as you have said! 5 

1 tn Heb “voice.”

2 tn Heb “they sent.”

3 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

4 tn Heb “the peoples of the land.”

5 tn Heb “thus according to your word [singular = Qere] concerning us, to do.”



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