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.

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:

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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In those days I saw some Jews who 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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.



Nehemiah 13:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Intermarriage Forbidden
23In those days I also saw that the Jews had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. 24As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but the language of his own people.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:11
Obey what I command you today. 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 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 besides Pharaoh's daughter--Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.

Ezra 9:1
After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, "The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites.

Ezra 9:2
They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness."

Nehemiah 4:7
But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.

Nehemiah 10:30
"We promise not to give our daughters in marriage to the peoples around us or take their daughters for our sons.

Nehemiah 13:1
On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God,

Nehemiah 13:24
Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or the language of one of the other peoples, and did not know how to speak the language of Judah.

Nehemiah 13:27
Must we hear now that you too are doing all this terrible wickedness and are being unfaithful to 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 …

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