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Ezra 9:1-4

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A Prayer of Ezra

9:1 Now when these things had been completed, the leaders approached me and said, “The people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites have not separated themselves from the local residents 1  who practice detestable things similar to those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 9:2 Indeed, they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race 2  has become intermingled with the local residents. Worse still, the leaders and the officials have been at the forefront of all of this!”

9:3 When I heard this report, I tore my tunic and my robe and ripped out some of the hair from my head and beard. Then I sat down, quite devastated. 9:4 Everyone who held the words of the God of Israel in awe 3  gathered around me because of the unfaithful acts of the people of the exile. 4  Devastated, I continued to sit there until the evening offering.

1 tn Heb “the peoples of the lands.” So also in v. 2.

2 tn Heb “the holy seed,” referring to the Israelites as God’s holy people.

3 tn Heb “who trembled at the words of the God of Israel.”

4 tn Heb “the exile”; the words “the people” are not in the Hebrew text, but are supplied in the translation for clarity.



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