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Ezra 10:1-44

The People’s Confession of Sin

1While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. 2Then Shekaniah 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. 3Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law. 4Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.”

5So Ezra rose up and put the leading priests and Levites and all Israel under oath to do what had been suggested. And they took the oath. 6Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.

7A proclamation was then issued throughout Judah and Jerusalem for all the exiles to assemble in Jerusalem. 8Anyone who failed to appear within three days would forfeit all his property, in accordance with the decision of the officials and elders, and would himself be expelled from the assembly of the exiles.

9Within the three days, all the men of Judah and Benjamin had gathered in Jerusalem. And on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the people were sitting in the square before the house of God, greatly distressed by the occasion and because of the rain. 10Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. 11Now honor10:11 Or Now make confession to the Lord, the God of your ancestors, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.”

12The whole assembly responded with a loud voice: “You are right! We must do as you say. 13But there are many people here and it is the rainy season; so we cannot stand outside. Besides, this matter cannot be taken care of in a day or two, because we have sinned greatly in this thing. 14Let our officials act for the whole assembly. Then let everyone in our towns who has married a foreign woman come at a set time, along with the elders and judges of each town, until the fierce anger of our God in this matter is turned away from us.” 15Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah, supported by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite, opposed this.

16So the exiles did as was proposed. Ezra the priest selected men who were family heads, one from each family division, and all of them designated by name. On the first day of the tenth month they sat down to investigate the cases, 17and by the first day of the first month they finished dealing with all the men who had married foreign women.

Those Guilty of Intermarriage

18Among the descendants of the priests, the following had married foreign women:

From the descendants of Joshua son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah. 19(They all gave their hands in pledge to put away their wives, and for their guilt they each presented a ram from the flock as a guilt offering.)

20From the descendants of Immer:

Hanani and Zebadiah.

21From the descendants of Harim:

Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel and Uzziah.

22From the descendants of Pashhur:

Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad and Elasah.

23Among the Levites:

Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (that is, Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah and Eliezer.

24From the musicians:

Eliashib.

From the gatekeepers:

Shallum, Telem and Uri.

25And among the other Israelites:

From the descendants of Parosh:

Ramiah, Izziah, Malkijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Malkijah and Benaiah.

26From the descendants of Elam:

Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth and Elijah.

27From the descendants of Zattu:

Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad and Aziza.

28From the descendants of Bebai:

Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai and Athlai.

29From the descendants of Bani:

Meshullam, Malluk, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal and Jeremoth.

30From the descendants of Pahath-Moab:

Adna, Kelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui and Manasseh.

31From the descendants of Harim:

Eliezer, Ishijah, Malkijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 32Benjamin, Malluk and Shemariah.

33From the descendants of Hashum:

Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh and Shimei.

34From the descendants of Bani:

Maadai, Amram, Uel, 35Benaiah, Bedeiah, Keluhi, 36Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, 37Mattaniah, Mattenai and Jaasu.

38From the descendants of Binnui:10:37,38 See Septuagint (also 1 Esdras 9:34); Hebrew Jaasu 38 and Bani and Binnui,

Shimei, 39Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah, 40Maknadebai, Shashai, Sharai, 41Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah, 42Shallum, Amariah and Joseph.

43From the descendants of Nebo:

Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel and Benaiah.

44All these had married foreign women, and some of them had children by these wives.10:44 Or and they sent them away with their children

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Ɛsra 10:1-44

Bɔneka

1Bere a Ɛsra rebɔ mpae, reka saa bɔne yi no, na ɔresu, de ne ho toto fam wɔ Onyankopɔn Asɔredan no anim, na nnipadɔm a wɔyɛ Israelfo, mmarima, mmea ne mmofra bɛkaa ne ho ne no twaa adwo. 2Na Yehiel babarima Sekania a ɔyɛ Elam aseni no ka kyerɛɛ Ɛsra se, “Yɛpae mu ka sɛ yɛanni yɛn Nyankopɔn nokware, efisɛ yɛawareware abosonsomfo mmea a wɔwɔ asase no so. Nanso eyi akyi no, anidaso wɔ hɔ ma Israel. 3Afei, momma yɛne yɛn Nyankopɔn nyɛ apam, na yennyaa yɛn yerenom abosonsomfo no aware, na yɛmpam wɔne wɔn mma. Yebetie afotu a wo ne afoforo a wodi yɛn Nyankopɔn mmara so no de ama yɛn. Yebedi Onyankopɔn mmara no so. 4Sɔre, na nya akokoduru, efisɛ ɛyɛ wʼasɛde sɛ wokyerɛ yɛn ɔkwan a yɛbɛfa so ama biribiara akɔ so tee, na yɛde yɛn ahoɔden nyinaa bɛboa.”

5Na Ɛsra sɔre gyinae, na ɔhyɛɛ sɛ asɔfo no ntuanofo, Lewifo ne Israelfo nyinaa nka ntam sɛ wɔbɛyɛ nea Sekania aka no. Na wɔn nyinaa kaa ntam a ano yɛ den. 6Na Ɛsra sɔre fii Onyankopɔn Asɔredan no anim kɔɔ Eliasib babarima Yehohanan dan mu. Ɔdaa hɔ, nanso wannidi annom. Na ɔda so di awerɛhow esiane nnommum a wɔasan aba no nokware a wɔanni no nti.

7Afei, wɔbɔɔ dawuru wɔ Yuda ne Yerusalem nyinaa se, nnommum a wɔasan aba no nyinaa mmra Yerusalem. 8Na wɔn a wɔamma nnansa ntam no, sɛ ntuanofo ne mpanyimfo pɛ a, wɔde wɔn nsa bɛto wɔn agyapade so, na wɔapam wɔn afi wɔn mu.

9Nnansa ntam no, na Yudafo ne Benyaminfo aboa wɔn ho ano wɔ Yerusalem. Asɛm yi sii wɔ Kislev ɔsram (bɛyɛ Ɔpɛnimma) da a ɛto so dunkron, na wɔn nyinaa tenatenaa aguabɔbea hɔ wɔ Onyankopɔn Asɔredan no anim. Na wɔn ho repopo, efisɛ nea edi kan no, na asɛm no mu yɛ duru, na nea ɛto so abien no, na osu nso retɔ. 10Na ɔsɔfo Ɛsra sɔre gyina kae se, “Moayɛ bɔne, efisɛ moawareware mmea abosonsomfo. Enti mprempren, yɛwɔ afɔbu a ano yɛ den mu sen kan de no. 11Mompae mu nka mo bɔne nkyerɛ Awurade, mo agyanom Nyankopɔn, na monyɛ nʼapɛde. Montwe mo ho mfi nnipa a wɔwɔ asase no so ne mmea abosonsomfo no ho.”

12Afei bagua no nyinaa maa wɔn nne so ka se, “Ampa, wʼasɛm no yɛ nokware. Ɛsɛ sɛ yɛyɛ nea woaka no. 13Nanso nnipa bebree wɔ ha na ɛyɛ asusow bere, enti yɛrentumi ntena mfikyiri. Bio, yɛrentumi mfa da koro anaa nnaanu nni saa asɛm yi, efisɛ, yɛn mu bebree na saa bɔne kɛse yi ka yɛn. 14Momma yɛn mpanyimfo nsi yɛn anan nyɛ biribiara. Obiara a ɔware ɔbea bosonsomni no ne ntuanofo ne atemmufo a wɔwɔ kurow yi mu behyia bere a wɔahyɛ no sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a Onyankopɔn abufuwhyew a ɛfa saa asɛm yi ho no befi yɛn so.” 15Asahel babarima Yonatan ne Tikwa babarima Yahasia na wotiaa saa asɛm yi mu, na Mesulam ne Sabetai a ɔyɛ Lewini no foaa wɔn so.

16Enti eyi ne nhyehyɛe a wɔfaa so. Ɛsra yii ntuanofo ma wosii wɔn mmusua no anan, na ɔde din bi too ntuanoni biara so. Ɔsram Kislev (bɛyɛ Ɔpɛnimma) da a ɛto so aduonu akron no, ntuanofo no tenaa ase hwehwɛɛ asɛm no mu. 17Afe a edi so no mu, Abib ɔsram (bɛyɛ Ɔbɛnem) da a ɛto so aduonu ason no na wɔawie mmarima a wɔawareware mmea abosonsomfo no nyinaa ho asɛnka.

18Asɔfo a na wɔawareware abosonsomfo no din ni:

Yosadak babarima Yesua ne ne nuabarimanom:

Maaseia, Elieser, Yarib ne Gedalia. 19Wɔkaa ntam sɛ wobegyaa wɔn yerenom, wɔn mu biara gyee nʼafɔdi too mu, na wɔde adwennini bɛbɔɔ afɔdi ho afɔre.

20Imer asefo mu no:

Hanani ne Sebadia.

21Harim asefo mu no:

Maaseia, Elia, Semaia, Yehiel ne Usia.

22Pashur asefo mu no:

Elioenai, Maaseia, Ismael, Netanel, Yosabad ne Elasa.

23Eyinom ne Lewifo a na afɔdi da wɔn so:

Yosabad, Simei, Kelaia, a ɛyɛ Kelita, Petahia, Yuda ne Elieser.

24Nnwontofo a na afɔdi da ne so no yɛ:

Eliasib.

Eyinom ne aponanohwɛfo a na afɔdi da wɔn so:

Salum, Telem ne Uri.

25Eyinom ne nnipa bi a wɔyɛ Israelfo a na afɔdi da wɔn so:

Paros asefo mu no:

Ramia, Yisia, Malkia, Miamin, Eleasar, Malkia ne Benaia.

26Elam asefo mu no:

Matania, Sakaria, Yehiel, Abdi, Yeremot ne Elia.

27Satu asefo mu no:

Elioenai, Eliasib, Matania, Yeremot, Sabad ne Asisa.

28Bebai asefo mu no:

Yehohanan, Hanania, Sabai ne Atlai.

29Bani asefo mu no:

Mesulam, Maluk, Adaia, Yasub, Seal ne Yeremot.

30Pahat-Moab asefo mu no:

Adna, Kelal, Benaia, Maaseia, Matania, Basaleel, Binui ne Manase.

31Harim asefo mu no:

Elieser, Yisia, Malkia Semaia ne Simeon. 32Benyamin, Maluk ne Semaria.

33Hasum asefo mu no:

Matenai, Matata, Sabad, Elifelet, Yeremai, Manase ne Simei.

34Bani asefo mu no:

Maadai, Amram ne Uel, 35Benaia, Bedeia, Keluhi, 36Wania, Meremot, Eliasib, 37Matania, Matenai ne Yaasu.

38Binui asefo mu no:

Simei, 39Selemia, Natan, Adaia, 40Maknadebai, Sasai, Sarai, 41Asarel, Selemia, Semaria, 42Salum, Amaria ne Yosef.

43Nebo asefo mu no:

Yeiel, Matitia, Sabad, Sebina, Yadau, Yoel ne Benaia.

44Na mmarima yi mu biara aware ɔbea bosonsomni a na wɔn mu bi mpo ne wɔn yerenom yi wɔ mma.