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Chapter 8 84 Therefore now shall ye not join your daughters unto their sons, neither shall ye take their daughters unto your sons.85 Moreover ye shall never seek to have peace with them, that ye may be strong, and eat the good things of the land, and that ye may leave the inheritance of the land unto your children for evermore.86 And all that is befallen is done unto us for our wicked works and great sins; for thou, O Lord, didst make our sins light,87 And didst give unto us such a root: but we have turned back again to transgress thy law, and to mingle ourselves with the uncleanness of the nations of the land.88 Mightest not thou be angry with us to destroy us, till thou hadst left us neither root, seed, nor name?89 O Lord of Israel, thou art true: for we are left a root this day.90 Behold, now are we before thee in our iniquities, for we cannot stand any longer by reason of these things before thee.91 And as Esdras in his prayer made his confession, weeping, and lying flat upon the ground before the temple, there gathered unto him from Jerusalem a very great multitude of men and women and children: for there was great weeping among the multitude.92 Then Jechonias the son of Jeelus, one of the sons of Israel, called out, and said, O Esdras, we have sinned against the Lord God, we have married strange women of the nations of the land, and now is all Israel aloft.93 Let us make an oath to the Lord, that we will put away all our wives, which we have taken of the heathen, with their children,94 Like as thou hast decreed, and as many as do obey the law of the Lord.95 Arise and put in execution: for to thee doth this matter appertain, and we will be with thee: do valiantly.96 So Esdras arose, and took an oath of the chief of the priests and Levites of all Israel to do after these things; and so they sware.

Chapter 9 1 Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple went to the chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib,2 And remained there, and did eat no meat nor drink water, mourning for the great iniquities of the multitude.3 And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and Jerusalem to all them that were of the captivity, that they should be gathered together at Jerusalem:4 And that whosoever met not there within two or three days according as the elders that bare rule appointed, their cattle should be seized to the use of the temple, and himself cast out from them that were of the captivity.5 And in three days were all they of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin gathered together at Jerusalem the twentieth day of the ninth month.6 And all the multitude sat trembling in the broad court of the temple because of the present foul weather.