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