Ezra 10:44
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New International Version
All these had married foreign women, and some of them had children by these wives.

New Living Translation
Each of these men had a pagan wife, and some even had children by these wives.

English Standard Version
All these had married foreign women, and some of the women had even borne children.

New American Standard Bible
All these had married foreign wives, and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

King James Bible
All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All of these had married foreign women, and some of the wives had given birth to children.

International Standard Version
All of these had married foreign wives, and some of them had children by them.

NET Bible
All these had taken foreign wives, and some of them also had children by these women.

New Heart English Bible
All these had taken foreign wives; and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All of these men had married foreign women. Some of these women had given birth to children.

JPS Tanakh 1917
All these had taken foreign wives; and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

New American Standard 1977
All these had married foreign wives, and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All these had taken strange women, and there were women of theirs who had given birth to sons.

King James 2000 Bible
All these had taken foreign wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

American King James Version
All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

American Standard Version
All these had taken foreign wives; and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All these had taken strange wives, and there were among them women that had borne children.

Darby Bible Translation
All these had taken foreign wives; and there were among them wives who had had children.

English Revised Version
All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

Webster's Bible Translation
All these had taken foreign wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

World English Bible
All these had taken foreign wives; and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

Young's Literal Translation
all these have taken strange women, and there are of them women -- who adopt sons.
Study Bible
Those Guilty of Intermarriage
43Of the sons of Nebo there were Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel and Benaiah. 44All these had married foreign wives, and some of them had wives by whom they had children.
Cross References
1 Kings 11:1
Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women,

Ezra 10:3
"So now let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
Treasury of Scripture

All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

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Proverbs 2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which …

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and some of them (This observation was probably intended to shew that only a few of them had children, and also how rigorously the law was put in execution. According to a passage in Justin Martyr's Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew, Ezra offered a paschal lamb on this occasion, and addressed the people thus: 'And Ezra said to the people, This pass-over is our Saviour and our Refuge; and if ye will be persuaded of it, and let it enter into your hearts, that we are to humble to Him in a sign, and afterwards shall believe in Him, this place shall not be destroyed for ever, saith the Lord of hosts; but, if ye will not believe in Him, nor hearken to his preaching, ye shall be a laughing-stock to the Gentiles.' This was probably a marginal note added by some early Christian.

CONCLUDING REMARKS ON THE BOOK OF EZRA

This book details the events of a very interesting period of the Sacred History, when, according to the decree of Providence, the Jewish people were to be delivered from their captivity, at the expiration of seventy years, and restored to the land of their fathers. This book informs us how the Divine goodness accomplished this most gracious design, and the movers and agents He employed on the occasion. Ezra was undoubtedly the chief agent under God in effecting this arduous work; and his zeal, piety, knowledge, and discretion, appear here in a most conspicuous point of view, and claim our utmost admiration. Descended from Seraiah, in a direct line from Aaron, he seems to have united all the requisites of a profound statesmen with the functions of the sacerdotal character. He appears to have made the Sacred Scriptures, during the captivity, his peculiar study; and, perhaps assisted by Nehemiah and the great synagogue, he corrected the errors which had crept into the Sacred Writings, through the negligence or mistake of transcribers; he collected all the books of which the Sacred Scriptures then consisted, disposed them in their proper order, and settled the canon of Scriptures for his time; he occasionally added, under the dictation of the Holy Spirit, whatever appeared necessary for the purpose of illustrating, completing, or connecting them; he substituted the modern for the ancient names of some places, which had now become obsolete; and transcribed the whole of the Scriptures into the Chaldee character. He is said to have lived to the age of

Verse 44. - And some of them had wives by whom they had children. Rather, "And there were some among the wives who had given birth to children." The fact is implied above in the advice of Shechaniah (ver. 3), but is here alone distinctly asserted. No doubt it was more difficult to arrange the terms of the divorce where the marriage had been fruitful.



All these had taken strange wives,.... In all about one hundred and thirteen:

and some of them had wives by whom they had children; and yet they put them away, which made it the more difficult for them to do; and those that had none, it is thought to be a mark of God's displeasure at such marriages. No mention being made of the children being put away, as Shechaniah proposed, Ezra 10:3, it may be concluded they were not, but were taken care of, to be educated in the true religion, and entered proselytes at a proper time; and the rather, as Ezra gave no orders about their putting away, Ezra 10:11. 10:15-44 The best reformers can but do their endeavour; when the Redeemer himself shall come to Zion, he shall effectually turn away ungodliness from Jacob. And when sin is repented of and forsaken, God will forgive it; but the blood of Christ, our Sin-offering, is the only atonement which takes away our guilt. No seeming repentance or amendment will benefit those who reject Him, for self-dependence proves them still unhumbled. All the names written in the book of life, are those of penitent sinners, not of self-righteous persons, who think they have no need of repentance.
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