Now 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.
For 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.
And 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.
Then 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.
And 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
And 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
Since 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.
And 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.
For 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.
And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy
Which 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
Now 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
And 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;
Should 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?
O 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.