So Joab visited 1 the king at his home. He said, “Today you have embarrassed all your servants who have saved your life this day, as well as the lives of your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your concubines.
The people to whom they are prophesying will die through war and famine. Their bodies will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem 1 and there will be no one to bury them. This will happen to the men and their wives, their sons, and their daughters. 2 For I will pour out on them the destruction they deserve.” 3
This will happen to them because they have done what is shameful 1 in Israel. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have spoken lies while claiming my authority. 2 They have spoken words that I did not command them to speak. I know what they have done. I have been a witness to it,’ says the Lord.” 3
While under the influence 1 of the wine, Belshazzar issued an order to bring in the gold and silver vessels – the ones that Nebuchadnezzar his father 2 had confiscated 3 from the temple in Jerusalem 4 – so that the king and his nobles, together with his wives and his concubines, could drink from them. 5
The king gave another order, 1 and those men who had maliciously accused 2 Daniel were brought and thrown 3 into the lions’ den – they, their children, and their wives. 4 They did not even reach the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Indeed, they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race 1 has become intermingled with the local residents. Worse still, the leaders and the officials have been at the forefront of all of this!”
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.
It was determined 1 that from the descendants of the priests, the following had taken foreign wives: from the descendants of Jeshua son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah.
When I had made an inspection, 1 I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the great and awesome Lord, 2 and fight on behalf of your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your families!” 3
And let the king’s decision which he will enact be disseminated 1 throughout all his kingdom, vast though it is. 2 Then all the women will give honor to their husbands, from the most prominent to the lowly.”
He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day. Do not go near your wives.” 1
“These men are at peace with us. So let them live in the land and travel freely in it, for the land is wide enough 1 for them. We will take their daughters for wives, and we will give them our daughters to marry. 2
Should we then in your case hear that you do all this great evil, thereby being unfaithful to our God by marrying 1 foreign wives?”
They must not marry a widow or a divorcee, but they may marry a virgin from the house of Israel 1 or a widow who is a priest’s widow.
When their fathers or brothers come and protest to us, 1 we’ll say to them, “Do us a favor and let them be, 2 for we could not get each one a wife through battle. 3 Don’t worry about breaking your oath! 4 You would only be guilty if you had voluntarily given them wives.’” 5
Let our leaders take steps 1 on behalf of all the assembly. Let all those in our towns who have married foreign women come at an appointed time, and with them the elders of each town and its judges, until the hot anger of our God is turned away from us in this matter.”