Nehemiah 13:23
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New International Version
Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab.

New Living Translation
About the same time I realized that some of the men of Judah had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

English Standard Version
In those days also I saw the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

Berean Study Bible
In those days I also saw Jews who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

New American Standard Bible
In those days I also saw that the Jews had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab.

King James Bible
In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

Christian Standard Bible
In those days I also saw Jews who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

Contemporary English Version
I discovered that some Jewish men had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

Good News Translation
At that time I also discovered that many of the Jewish men had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In those days I also saw Jews who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

International Standard Version
At that time I also noticed that Jews had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

NET Bible
Also in those days I saw the men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

New Heart English Bible
In those days also saw I the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In those days I saw some Jews who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In those days also saw I the Jews that had married women of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab;

New American Standard 1977
In those days I also saw that the Jews had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In those days I also saw Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab;

King James 2000 Bible
In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

American King James Version
In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

American Standard Version
In those days also saw I the Jews that had married women of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

Douay-Rheims Bible
In those days also I saw Jews that married wives, women of Azotus, and of Ammon, and of Moab.

Darby Bible Translation
In those days also I saw Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, [and] of Moab.

English Revised Version
In those days also saw I the Jews that had married women of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

Webster's Bible Translation
In those days also I saw Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

World English Bible
In those days also saw I the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, of Ammon, [and] of Moab:

Young's Literal Translation
Also, in those days, I have seen the Jews who have settled women of Ashdod, of Ammon, of Moab.
Study Bible
Intermarriage Forbidden
23In those days I also saw Jews who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or of the other peoples, but could not speak Hebrew.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:11
Observe what I command you this day. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.

Deuteronomy 7:1
When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess, and He drives out before you many nations--the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you--

1 Kings 11:1
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh--women of Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon, as well as Hittite women.

Ezra 9:1
After these things had been accomplished, the leaders approached me and said: "The people of Israel, including the priests and Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the surrounding peoples whose abominations are like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites.

Ezra 9:2
Indeed, the Israelites have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed has been mixed with the people of the land. And the leaders and officials have taken the lead in this unfaithfulness!"

Nehemiah 4:7
When Sanballat and Tobiah, together with the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites, heard that the repair to the walls of Jerusalem was progressing and that the gaps were being closed, they were furious,

Nehemiah 10:30
We will not give our daughters in marriage to the people of the land, and we will not take their daughters for our sons.

Nehemiah 13:1
At that time the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people, and in it they found the passage stating that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God,

Nehemiah 13:24
Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or of the other peoples, but could not speak Hebrew.

Nehemiah 13:27
Why should we now hear that you too are doing all this terrible evil and acting unfaithfully against our God by marrying foreign women?"

Treasury of Scripture

In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

married. Heb. made to dwell with them.

Nehemiah 10:30 And that we would not give our daughters to the people of the land, …

Ezra 9:2,11,12 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons…

Ezra 10:10,44 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said to them, You have transgressed, …

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

Ashdod.

1 Samuel 5:1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

Ammon. See on

Nehemiah 13:1-3 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the …

(23-29) The mixed marriages again.

(23) Saw I Jews.--The punishment shows that these were exceptional cases; but the transgression was of the most flagrant kind (see Nehemiah 13:1).

Verse 23. - In those days. i.e. "About this same time." Compare ver. 15. Saw I Jews. Rather, "looked I after the Jews." There is a reference to the first three verses of the present chapter, which had introduced the subject of the mixed marriages. Nehemiah wishes to put on record the part which he had taken in the matter, and begins by observing that it had not escaped him - he had had his eye on the transgressors, and had noted their misconduct, and the evils whereto it led. Wives of Ashdod. Philistine wives, of a race always hostile to Israel, and natives of a city which had recently taken part with Nehemiah's bitter enemies (Nehemiah 4:7). Of Ammon and of Moab. Compare Ezra 9:1, and Nehemiah 13:1. In those days also I saw Jews that married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab. Ashdod, or Azotus, as it is called in Acts 8:40, was one of the five cities of the Philistines; which, though none of the seven nations with whom marriage was forbid, yet it was very unfit and improper to marry with them, Judges 14:3. This place was a mart of the Arabians (h), where they sold their goods, to which the Jews might resort, and thereby be ensnared into such marriages; and which with the Ammonites and Moabites were unlawful, Nehemiah 13:1.

(h) Mela de Situ Orbis, l. 1. c. 10. 13:23-31 If either parent be ungodly, corrupt nature will incline the children to take after that one; which is a strong reason why Christians should not be unequally yoked. In the education of children, great care should be taken about the government of their tongues; that they learn not the language of Ashdod, no impious or impure talk, no corrupt communication. Nehemiah showed the evil of these marriages. Some, more obstinate than the rest, he smote, that is, ordered them to be beaten by the officers according to the law, De 25:2,3. Here are Nehemiah's prayers on this occasion He prays, Remember them, O my God. Lord, convince and convert them; put them in mind of what they should be and do. The best services to the public have been forgotten by those for whom they were done, therefore Nehemiah refers himself to God, to recompense him. This may well be the summary of our petitions; we need no more to make us happy than this; Remember me, O my God, for good. We may humbly hope that the Lord will remember us and our services, although, after lives of unwearied activity and usefulness, we shall still see cause to abhor ourselves and repent in dust and ashes, and to cry out with Nehemiah, Spare me, O my God, according to the greatness of they mercy.
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