9 1Now when these things were done, the princes drew near unto me,
saying, The people of Israel, and the priests and the Levites, have not
separated themselves from the peoples 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 peoples of the
lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this
3And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my robe,
and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down confounded.
4Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the
God of Israel, because of the trespass of them of the captivity; and I sat
confounded until the evening oblation.
5And at the evening oblation I
arose up from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe rent; and I
fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto Jehovah my God;
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 guiltiness is grown
up unto the heavens.
7Since the days of our fathers we have been
exceeding guilty 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 plunder, and to confusion of face, as it is
8And now for a little moment grace hath been showed from
Jehovah 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.
9For we are bondmen; yet our God hath not
forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended lovingkindness 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 ruins thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and
10And now, 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 through the uncleanness of the peoples of the lands, through
their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their
12now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons,
neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their
prosperity for ever; that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and
leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.
13And after all
that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great guilt, seeing that
thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast
given us such a remnant,
14shall we again break thy commandments, and
join in affinity with the peoples that do these abominations? wouldest not
thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no
remnant, nor any to escape?
15O Jehovah, the God of Israel, thou art
righteous; for we are left a remnant that is escaped, as it is this day:
behold, we are before thee in our guiltiness; for none can stand before thee
because of this.