1 Now when these° things° had been completed°, the princes° approached° me, saying°, “The people° of Israel° and the priests° and the Levites° have not aseparated° themselves from the peoples° of the lands°, baccording to their abominations°, [those] of the Canaanites°, the Hittites°, the Perizzites°, the Jebusites°, the Ammonites°, the Moabites°, the Egyptians° and the Amorites°. 2 For athey have taken° some° of their daughters° [as wives] for themselves and for their sons°, so that bthe holy° Irace° has cintermingled° with the peoples° of the lands°; indeed, the hands° of the princes° and the rulers° have been° foremost° in this° unfaithfulness°.” 3 When I heard° about this° matter°, I atore° my garment° and my robe°, and pulled° some° of the hair° from my head° and my beard°, and bsat° down° appalled°. 4 Then aeveryone° who trembled° at the words° of the God° of Israel° on account° of the unfaithfulness° of the exiles° gathered° to me, and I sat° appalled° until° bthe evening° offering°.
 aEzr 6:21; Ne 9:2 bLv 18:24-30
 ILit seed aDt 7:3; Ezr 10:2, 18 bEx 22:31; Dt 14:2; 2Co 6:14 cNe 13:3
 a2K 18:37 bNe 1:4
 aEzr 10:3; Is 66:2 bEx 29:39
Prayer of Confession
5 ¶ But at the evening° offering° I arose° from my Ihumiliation°, even with my garment° and my robe° torn°, and I fell° on my knees° and astretched° out my IIhands° to the LORD° my God°; 6 and I said°, “O my God°, I am ashamed° and embarrassed° to lift° up my face° to You, my God°, for our iniquities° have Irisen° above° our heads° and our aguilt° has grown° even° to the heavens°. 7 aSince° the days° of our fathers° to this° day° we [have been] in great° guilt°, and on account of our iniquities° we, our kings° [and] our priests° have been given° into the hand° of the kings° of the lands°, to the sword°, to captivity° and to plunder° and to Ibopen° shame°, as [it is] this° day°. 8 But now° for a brief° moment° grace° has been° [shown] from the LORD° our God°, ato leave° us an escaped° remnant° and to give° us a bpeg° in His holy° place°, that our God° may cenlighten° our eyes° and grant° us a little° reviving° in our bondage°. 9 aFor we are slaves°; yet in our bondage° our God° has not forsaken° us, but bhas extended° lovingkindness° to us in the sight° of the kings° of Persia°, to give° us reviving° to raise° up the house° of our God°, to restore° its ruins° and to give° us a wall° in Judah° and Jerusalem°.
 IOr fasting IILit palms aEx 9:29
 ILit multiplied over the head a2Ch 28:9; Ezr 9:13, 15; Rv 18:5
 ILit shame of faces a2Ch 29:6; Ps 106:6 bDn 9:7
 aEzr 9:13-15 bIs 22:23 cPs 13:3
 aNe 9:36 bEzr 7:28
10 ¶ “Now°, our God°, what° shall we say° after° this°? For we have forsaken° Your commandments°, 11 which° You have commanded° by Your servants° the prophets°, saying°, ‘The land° which° you are entering° to possess° is an unclean° land° with the uncleanness° of the peoples° of the lands°, with their abominations° which° have filled° it from end° to end° [and] awith their impurity°. 12 So now° do not agive° your daughters° to their sons° nor° take° their daughters° to your sons°, and bnever° seek° their peace° or their prosperity°, that you may be strong° and eat° the good° [things] of the land° and cleave° [it] as an inheritance° to your sons° forever°°.’ 13 After° all° that has come° upon us for our evil° deeds° and aour great° guilt°, since° You our God° have requited° [us] less° than° our iniquities° [deserve], and have given° us ban escaped° remnant° as this°, 14 ashall we again° break° Your commandments° and intermarry° with the peoples° Iwho commit these° abominations°? bWould You not be angry° with us IIto the point° of destruction°, until° there° is no° remnant° nor° any who escape°? 15 O LORD° God° of Israel°, aYou are righteous°, for we have been left° an escaped° remnant°, as [it is] this° day°; behold°, we are before° You in bour guilt°, for cno° one° can stand° before° You because° of this°.”
 aEzr 6:21
 aEx 34:15, 16; Dt 7:3; Ezr 9:2 bDt 23:6 cPv 13:22
 aEzr 9:6, 7 bEzr 9:8
 ILit of these abominations IILit to destroy aEzr 9:2 bDt 9:8, 14
 aNe 9:33; Dn 9:7 bEzr 9:6 cJb 9:2; Ps 130:3
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Ezra mourneth for the affinity of the people with strangers.
1 ¶ Now when these things² were done,ºª the princesº cameºª to² me, saying,ºª The peopleº of Israel,º and the priests,º and the Levites,º have not² separated¹ª themselves² from the peopleº² of the lands,º [doing] according to their abominations,º [even] of the Canaanites,º the Hittites,º the Perizzites,º the Jebusites,º the Ammonites,º the Moabites,º the Egyptians,º and the Amorites.º 2 For² they have takenºª of their daughtersº² for themselves, and for their sons:º so that the holyº seedº have mingled¹ª themselves² with the peopleº of [those] lands:º yea, the handº of the princesº and rulersº hath been² chiefº in this² trespass.º 3 And when I heardºª² this² thing,º I rentºª² my garmentº and my mantle,º and plucked offºª the hairº² of my headº and of my beard,º and sat downºª astonied.ºª 4 Then were assembledºª unto² me every one² that trembledº at the wordsº of the Godº of Israel,º because² of the transgressionº of those that had been carried away;º and I² satºª astoniedºª until² the eveningº sacrifice.º
 Gn 15:16, 19; Ex 23:23; 33:16; Lv 18:3, 24; Nu 23:9; 25:1; Dt 12:30; 18:9; 20:17; 23:3; 1K 11:1, 5; 2Ch 33:2; Ezr 6:21; 10:8, 10; Ne 4:3, 7; 9:2; 13:1, 3; Ps 106:35; Is 52:11; Jr 26:10, 16; Ro 2:17; 2Co 6:14.
 Gn 6:2; Ex 19:6; 22:31; 34:16; Dt 7:1, 6; 14:2; Ezr 10:18; Ne 13:3, 4, 17, 23, 28; Is 6:13; Mal 2:11, 15; 1Co 7:14; 2Co 6:14.
 Lv 21:5; Jsh 7:6; 2K 18:37; 19:1; Ne 1:4; 13:25; Jb 1:20; 2:12; Ps 66:3; 143:4; Is 15:2; Jr 7:29; 36:24; 48:37; Ezk 3:15; 7:18; Dn 4:19; 8:27; Mi 1:16.
 Ex 29:39; 2Ch 34:27; Ezr 10:3; Ps 119:136; Is 66:2; Ezk 9:4; Dn 9:21; Ac 3:1.
He prayeth unto God with confession of sins.
5 ¶ And at the eveningº sacrificeº I arose upºª from my heaviness;º² and having rentºª my garmentº and my mantle,º I fellºª upon² my knees,º and spread outºª my handsº unto² the LORDº my God,º 6 And said,ºª O my God,º I am ashamedºª and blushºª to lift upºª my faceº to² thee, my God:º for² our iniquitiesº are increasedºª overº [our] head,º and our trespassº is grown upºª unto² the heavens.º 7 Since the daysº² of our fathersº [have] we² [been] in a greatº trespassº unto² this² day;º and for our iniquitiesº have we,² our kings,º [and] our priests,º been deliveredºª into the handº of the kingsº of the lands,º to the sword,º to captivity,º and to a spoil,º and to confusionº of face,º as [it is] this² day.º 8 And now² for a littleº spaceº graceº hath been² [shewed] from²² the LORDº our God,º to leaveºª us a remnant to escape,º and to giveºª us a nailº in his holyº place,º that our Godº may lightenºª our eyes,º and giveºª us a littleº revivingº in our bondage.º 9 For² we² [were] bondmen;º yet our Godº hath not² forsakenºª us in our bondage,º but hath extendedºª mercyº unto² us in the sightº of the kingsº of Persia,º to giveºª us a reviving,º to set upºª² the houseº of our God,º and to repairºª² the desolationsº thereof, and to giveºª us a wallº in Judahº and in Jerusalem.º 10 And now,² O our God,º what² shall we sayºª afterº this?² for² we have forsakenºª thy commandments,º 11 Which² thou hast commandedºª byº thy servantsº the prophets,º saying,ºª The land,º unto which² ye² goºª to possessºª it, is an uncleanº landº with the filthinessº of the peopleº of the lands,º with their abominations,º which² have filledºª it from one endº² to² anotherº with their uncleanness.º 12 Now² therefore giveºª not² your daughtersº unto their sons,º neither² takeºª their daughtersº unto your sons,º nor² seekºª their peaceº or their wealthº for¹ ever:º² that² ye may be strong,ºª and eatºª² the goodº of the land,º and leave [it] for an inheritanceºª to your childrenº for ever.º² 13 And afterº all² that is comeºª upon² us for our evilº deeds,º and for our greatº trespass,º seeing² that thou² our Godº hast punishedºª us lessº than our iniquitiesº² [deserve], and hast givenºª us [such] deliveranceº as this;² 14 Should we againºª breakºª thy commandments,º and join in affinityºª with the peopleº of these² abominations?º wouldest not² thou be angryºª with us till² thou hadst consumedºª [us], so that [there should be] no² remnantº nor escaping?º 15 O LORDº Godº of Israel,º thou² [art] righteous:º for² we remainºª yet escaped,º as [it is] this² day:º behold,² we [are] beforeº thee in our trespasses:º for² we cannot² standºª beforeº thee because² of this.²
 Ex 9:29, 33; 1K 8:22, 38, 54; 2Ch 6:13; Ps 95:6; 141:2; 143:6; Is 1:15; Lk 22:41; Ac 21:5; Ep 3:14.
 Gn 13:13; 2Ch 28:9; Jb 40:4; 42:6; Ps 38:4; Is 1:18; 59:12; Jr 3:3, 24; 6:15; 8:12; 31:19; Ezk 16:63; Dn 9:7; Lk 15:21; Ro 6:21; Rv 18:5.
 Lv 26:14; Nu 32:14; Dt 4:25; 28:15; 29:22; 30:17; 31:20; 32:15; 1S 12:15; 1K 9:6; 2K 17:5; 18:9; 24:1; 2Ch 29:6; 30:7; 36:16; Ne 9:30, 32, 36; Ps 106:6; Jr 25:18; 44:22; Lm 5:7; Dn 9:5, 7, 11; Zc 1:4; Mt 23:30; Ac 7:51.
 1S 14:27, 29; 2K 19:4, 30; Ezr 9:9, 14; Ne 1:11; 9:31; Jb 33:30; Ps 13:3; 34:5; 85:6; 138:7; Ec 12:11; Is 1:9; 22:23; 56:5; 57:15; Jr 42:2; 44:14; Ezk 6:8; 14:22; 37:11; Ho 6:2; Hab 3:2; Zc 8:6, 12; 10:4; Ro 9:27; 11:5; Rv 3:12.
 Ezr 1:1, 7; 6:1, 14; 7:6, 8, 11; Ne 9:36; Ps 106:45; 136:23; Is 5:2, 5; Ezk 11:16; Dn 9:25; Hg 1:9; Zc 2:5; 4:6.
 Gn 44:16; Jsh 7:8; Lm 3:22; Dn 9:4; Ro 3:19.
 Lv 18:24; Dt 12:31; 18:12; 2K 21:16; 2Ch 33:2; Ezr 6:21; 9:1; Ezk 36:25; 2Co 7:1.
 Gn 18:18; Ex 23:32; 34:16; Dt 6:1; 7:3; 23:6; Jsh 1:6; 23:12; 2Ch 19:2; Ps 112:1; Pv 13:22; 20:7; Is 1:19; 2Jn 1:10.
 Ne 9:32; Ps 103:10; 106:45; Lm 3:22, 39; Ezk 24:13; Hab 3:2; Ga 3:4.
 Ex 23:32; 32:10; Nu 16:21, 45; Dt 9:8, 14; 32:26; Jg 2:2; Ezr 9:2, 8; Ne 13:23; Is 1:9; Jr 46:28; Ezk 6:8; Jn 5:14; Ro 6:1; 2P 2:20.
 Ne 9:33; Jb 9:2; Ps 130:3; 143:2; Is 64:6; Lm 3:22; Ezk 33:10; Dn 9:7, 14; Zc 3:3; Jn 8:21, 24; Ro 3:19; 10:3; 1Co 15:17.
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