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Ezra Chapter 9

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Affinity with strangers mourned


9:1 Now at the end of these things , the leaders came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levitesלְוִיִּם
/ˈliːvaɪt/ LEE-vyte;romanized: Lǝvīyyīm) or Levi are Jewish males who claim patrilineal descent from the Tribe of Levi. The Tribe of Levi descended from Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah. The surname Halevi, which consists of the Hebrew definite article “ה” Ha- (‘the’) plus Levi (‘Levite’) is not conclusive regarding being a Levite; a titular use of HaLevi indicates being a Levite. The daughter of a Levite is a Bat Levi (Bat being Hebrew for ‘daughter’) For more info click here
, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their idolatries, even the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
9:2 Because they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons. So the holy seed have mixed themselves with the people of those lands.  Yes, the hand of the leaders and overseers have been most prominent in this treachery.
9:3 And when I heard this thing, I ripped my garments and my robe, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonished.
9:4 Then
everyone who trembled at the words of the El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
of Israel were
assembled with me, because of the transgression of the exiles. And I sat astonished until the evening offering.

Ezra’s prayer and confession


9:5 And at the evening sacrifice I got up up from my fasting; and
my garment and robe my ripped, I fell on my knees, and spread out my hands to YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
my El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
,
9:6 And said, O my El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
, I am ashamed and wounded to lift up my face to You, my El Haiאלהי
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: because our iniquities have increased over [our] head, and our guiltiness has grown up to the heavens.
9:7 Since the days of our fathers
we [have  been] in a great guilt until this day. And for our iniquities , our kings, and our priests, have we been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a plunder, and to shame of faces, to this day.
9:8 And now for a little time grace has been shown from YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
our El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in His holy place, that our El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
may enlighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
9:9 For we were slaves; yet our El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
has not left us in our bondage, but has extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to raise up the house of our El Haiאלהי
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, and to repair its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
9:10 And now, O our El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
, what could we say after this? because we have forsaken Your commandments,
9:11 Which you have commanded by Your servants the prophets, saying, The land unto which ya’ll go to possess it, is an unclean land with the impurity of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness.
9:12 Now therefore don’t give your daughters to their sons, don’t take their daughters to your sons, or seek their peace or their wealth forever: so that ya’ll may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your sons forever.
9:13 And after all that is come on us for our evil deeds, and for our great guilt, since You our El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
has held the rod our iniquities, and have given us such an escape as this;
9:14 Shall we again break Your commandments, and intermarry with the people of these abominations? Would
You not  be angry with us till you had crushed us, until there is no remnant nor survivor?
9:15 O YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
of Israel, you are righteousצַדִּיק
Transliteration ṣadîq Pronunciation tsad-deek’ To do what is right Tzadik is also the root of the word tzedakah (‘charity’, literally ‘righteousness’). For more info click here
. For we are left as  escapees, as it is this day: See, we are before You in our guilt, for there is none to stand before you because of this.

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