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The Book of Ezra (8 of 8)
Chapter 10 and Conclusion
Dr. Harley Howard
1. Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had 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.
This man demonstrated a great brokenness of spirit over the sins of
the people. The shock of hearing the news that Israel went back to
the same sins that brought them into captivity in the first place, after
being delivered from captivity by the good hand of God, broke his
heart. This abomination of intermarrying with the heathen must
have gone on for some time since children were already born by
these marriages. Ezra prayed, confessing the sins of the people,
weeping in grief and with bitter tears, falling prostrate on the
ground. In the newly constructed temple, there assembled together
many people out of Israel who joined in the weeping with a great
2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, [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.
Then Shecaniah, who was a spokesman for all of the weeping
people, son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra,
"We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women
from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope
for Israel." In other words, there was a plan to eliminate the
1.) They acted treacherously against the commandment of the
Lord. They acknowledged that their actions were sinful against the
2.) They also identified their sin.
3.) They came up with a solution to eliminate the problem.
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
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