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.
for both of you 1 rebelled against me among the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the desert of Zin when you did not show me proper respect 2 among the Israelites.
“The entire community of the Lord says, ‘Why have you disobeyed the God of Israel by turning back today from following the Lord? You built an altar for yourselves and have rebelled today against the Lord. 1
Phinehas, son of Eleazar, the priest, said to the Reubenites, Gadites, and the Manassehites, 1 “Today we know that the Lord is among us, because you have not disobeyed the Lord in this. 2 Now 3 you have rescued the Israelites from the Lord’s judgment.” 4