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!"
Cross References1 Corinthians 7:14
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his believing wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?
You are to be My holy people. You must not eat the meat of a mauled animal found in the field; you are to throw it to the dogs.
Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons,
for you are a holy people belonging to the LORD your God. The LORD has chosen you to be His prized possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.
For if you turn away and cling to the rest of these nations that remain among you, and if you intermarry and associate with them,
Now, therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Never seek their peace or prosperity, so that you may be strong and may eat the good things of the land, leaving it as an inheritance to your sons forever.'
shall we again break Your commandments and intermarry with the peoples who commit these abominations? Would You not become so angry with us as to wipe us out, leaving no remnant or survivor?
Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, an Elamite, said to Ezra: "We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the people of the land, yet in spite of this, there is hope for Israel.
Among the descendants of the priests who had married foreign women were found these descendants of Jeshua son of Jozadak and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah.
As soon as the people heard this law, they excluded from Israel all of foreign descent.
In those days I also saw Jews who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.
And though a tenth remains in the land, it will be burned again. As the terebinth and oak leave stumps when felled, so the holy seed will be a stump in the land."
Judah has broken faith; an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the LORD's beloved sanctuary by marrying the daughter of a foreign god.
Chapter Outline1. Ezra mourns for the affinity of the people with strangers
5. He prays unto God, with confession of sins
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taken of their
Nehemiah 13:23, 24
the holy seed
1 Corinthians 7:14
Nehemiah 13:3, 23, 24
2 Corinthians 6:14
Nehemiah 13:4, 17, 28
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