Ezra mourneth for the intermarriages of the people with strangers. He prayeth unto God with confession of sins.
1 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not 1separated themselves from the people of the lands, 2doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
2 For they have 1taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the 2holy seed have 3mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and 4rulers hath been chief in this trespass.
3 And when I heard this thing, I 1rent my garment and my mantle, and 2plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and 3sat down astonied.
4 Then were assembled unto me every one that 1trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the 2evening sacrifice.
5 ¶ And at 1the evening sacrifice I arose up from my aheaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, 2I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God,
6 And said, O my God, 1I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: 2for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our atrespass is grown up unto the heavens.
7 Since the 1days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to 2confusion of face, as it is this day.
8 And now for a alittle space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us ba nail in his holy place, that our God may 1lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
9 For 1we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but 2hath extended mercy unto us in the 3sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and 4to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us 5a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
10 And now, O our God, 1what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,
11 Which thou hast commanded aby thy 1servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it bfrom one end to another with their uncleanness.
12 Now therefore 1give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor 2seek their peace or their wealth for ever: 3that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.
13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou 1our God ahast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;
14 1Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? 2wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?
15 O 1Lord God of Israel, 2thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot 3stand before thee because of this.