Ezra Chapter 10,The Discovery of Zerubbabel Mistake and the Judgement by Ezra

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In this last chapter of Ezra we will see the hidden secret redressed
1-5...The confession to G-d and each other
6-14..An Assembly is called and reformation is agreed upon
15-17.Commissioners are appointed
18-44.The names of the guilty are given

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Ezra 10:3-4, Ezra is Given Advise From Shecaniah

These next two verses bring out some Jewish Understanding in regards to who is a Jew. It all goes back to the matri(mother's) blood line. If she is a Jew, then you are also Jewish. If she is not a Jew then you are not a Jew aether. For the Father side of patri(father's) linage is for genealogy decent and linage of inheritance.

So you can see why Ezra was very upset with the way things were going when he arrived in Jerusalem. Instead of rejoicing as in the prior journeys completion, this journey had an unhappy ending for Ezra.

Lets read the next two verses of Ezra 10,

V3 "Now therefore, let us make a covenant with our G-d to put away all these wives and those who have been born to them, according to the advice of my Master[L-rd] and of those who tremble at the Commandment of our G-d; and let it be done according to the law.
V4 "Arise, for [this] matter [is] your [responsibility.] We also [are] with you. Be of good courage, and do [it."]

Now we can understand what is being transpired by this section of Ezra. The sin has been confessed and weeping and lament has taken place. Now one of the residents of Jerusalem comes up to Ezra with a proposition of a covenant with G-d to expel the foreign wives and children, so G-d's teachings can be obeyed again correctly by The People.

This proposition by Shecaniah who admitted the transgression of G-d's Commandment is now standing before the Judge of Judah. Ezra, for the the better part of the day, has been crying and pleading before G-d in confession of this grave sin with The People altogether seeking G-d's direction.

Ezra is also listed in rabbinic tradition as an exemplary leader who took responsibility for the sins of The Community. Ezra was able to lead the resolving of this and many other problems as they came to his attention during his time as Judge of Judah, Benjamin and The Satrap of Beyond The River.