Ezra 10:7
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New International Version
A proclamation was then issued throughout Judah and Jerusalem for all the exiles to assemble in Jerusalem.

New Living Translation
Then a proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the exiles should come to Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
And a proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the returned exiles that they should assemble at Jerusalem,

New American Standard Bible
They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles, that they should assemble at Jerusalem,

King James Bible
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They circulated a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the exiles should gather at Jerusalem.

International Standard Version
Then they sent word throughout Judah and Jerusalem to everyone who had returned from the exile, to gather together in Jerusalem.

NET Bible
A proclamation was circulated throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the exiles were to be assembled in Jerusalem.

New Heart English Bible
They made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together to Jerusalem;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he sent a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the former exiles must gather in Jerusalem.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

New American Standard 1977
And they made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles, that they should assemble at Jerusalem,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the sons of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem

King James 2000 Bible
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

American King James Version
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together to Jerusalem;

American Standard Version
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And proclamation was made in Juda and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should assemble together into Jerusalem.

Darby Bible Translation
And they made proclamation in Judah and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

English Revised Version
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

Webster's Bible Translation
And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should assemble at Jerusalem;

World English Bible
They made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together to Jerusalem;

Young's Literal Translation
And they cause a voice to pass over into Judah and Jerusalem, to all sons of the removal, to be gathered to Jerusalem,
Study Bible
The People's Confession of Sin
6Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he went there, he did not eat bread nor drink water, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles. 7They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles, that they should assemble at Jerusalem, 8and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the leaders and the elders, all his possessions should be forfeited and he himself excluded from the assembly of the exiles.…
Cross References
Ezra 10:6
Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he went there, he did not eat bread nor drink water, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.

Ezra 10:8
and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the leaders and the elders, all his possessions should be forfeited and he himself excluded from the assembly of the exiles.
Treasury of Scripture

And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together to Jerusalem;

they made

Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the …

2 Chronicles 30:5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all …

(7-17) Conference of the people and commission to try individual cases.

(8) Forfeited.--This, as also what precedes and what follows, again recalls the express commission of Ezra 7. But "according to the counsel" removes all appearance of arbitrariness on the part of Ezra.

(9) Within three days.--From the time of hearing the summons. No town was more than forty miles distant; and of course only those would come that were able, and who came within the scope of the proclamation, the precise terms of which are not given. They were not more than could assemble "in the street," or open court of the Temple. The minute specifications of date, and the two reasons for the trembling of the people, and the whole strain of the narrative, bear witness to the veracity of an eye-witness.

It was the ninth month.--Chisleu, our December, the rainy month in Palestine.

(10) Ezra the priest.--He stood up, not as the commissioner of Artaxerxes, not at this moment as the scribe, but as the representative of God.

(11) Do his pleasure.--This procedure, humanly severe, is connected with the Divine will.

From the people of the land, and from the strange wives.--The marriages were but a subordinate branch, though a very important one, of the wider sin: that of confederacy with idolators.

(13) We are many.--Better, we have greatly offended in this thing. The greatness of the offence of course implied the number of the offenders.

(14) Stand.--As a representative body in session.

Until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us.--A difficult verse, owing to a slight peculiarity in the original. The meaning seems to be: until the fierce wrath of our God--fierce while this matter lasts--be turned away from us.

(15) Were employed about.--Rather, stood against. Nothing is said as to the reason for opposition on the part of these and the two who abetted them. But the reason is obvious enough. Some modern expositors are of their mind, and regard the act of Ezra as remedying one sin by another still greater. They bring Malachi (Ezra 2:15) to their support; but nothing in his prediction about "the wife of thy youth," rightly understood, tends to condemn the conduct here described.

(16) By their names.--As in Ezra 8:20, the names were before the writer, but are not given.

And sat down.--That is, held a session. This was ten days after the general assembly.

(17) And they made an end.--Though the number of transgressors was only one hundred and thirteen, two months were occupied, which shows the care taken to do justice, especially to the claims of the women put away.

Verse 7. - They made proclamation. Literally, "they made to pass a voice" (παρήνεγ καν φωνήν - LXX.). They sent criers to make the matter known. To all the children of the captivity. i.e. to all those who, having returned from the captivity, were now in the land. The expression is a favourite one with Ezra (see Ezra 2:1; Ezra 4:1; Ezra 6:16, 19; Ezra 8:35, etc.). And they made proclamation,.... By the voice of an herald:

throughout Judah and Jerusalem, unto all the children of the captivity; who were returned from it:

that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem; within a time after mentioned. 10:6-14 There is hope concerning people, when they are convinced, not only that it is good to part with their sins, but that it is necessary; we must do it, or we are undone. So rich is the mercy, and so plenteous the redemption of God, that there is hope for the vilest who hear the gospel, and are willing to accept of free salvation. When sinners mourn for their sins, and tremble at the word of God, there is hope that they will forsake them. To affect others with godly sorrow or love to God, we must ourselves be affected. It was carefully agreed how this affair should be carried on. That which is hastily resolved on seldom proves lasting.
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