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Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple went to the chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib, 2 And remained there, and did eat no meat nor drink water, mourning for the great iniquities of the multitude. 3 And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and Jerusalem to all them that were of the captivity, that they should be gathered together at Jerusalem: 4 And that whosoever met not there within two or three days according as the elders that bare rule appointed, their cattle should be seized to the use of the temple, and himself cast out from them that were of the captivity. 5 And in three days were all they of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin gathered together at Jerusalem the twentieth day of the ninth month. 6 And all the multitude sat trembling in the broad court of the temple because of the present foul weather. 7 So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed the law in marrying strange wives, thereby to increase the sins of Israel. 8 And now by confessing give glory unto the Lord God of our fathers, 9 And do his will, and separate yourselves from the heathen of the land, and from the strange women. 10 Then cried the whole multitude, and said with a loud voice, Like as thou hast spoken, so will we do. 11 But forasmuch as the people are many, and it is foul weather, so that we cannot stand without, and this is not a work of a day or two, seeing our sin in these things is spread far: 12 Therefore let the rulers of the multitude stay, and let all them of our habitations that have strange wives come at the time appointed, 13 And with them the rulers and judges of every place, till we turn away the wrath of the Lord from us for this matter. 14 Then Jonathan the son of Azael and Ezechias the son of Theocanus accordingly took this matter upon them: and Mosollam and Levis and Sabbatheus helped them. 15 And they that were of the captivity did according to all these things. 16 And Esdras the priest chose unto him the principal men of their families, all by name: and in the first day of the tenth month they sat together to examine the matter. 17 So their cause that held strange wives was brought to an end in the first day of the first month. 18 And of the priests that were come together, and had strange wives, there were found: 19 Of the sons of Jesus the son of Josedec, and his brethren; Matthelas and Eleazar, and Joribus and Joadanus. 20 And they gave their hands to put away their wives and to offer rams to make reconcilement for their errors. 21 And of the sons of Emmer; Ananias, and Zabdeus, and Eanes, and Sameius, and Hiereel, and Azarias. 22 And of the sons of Phaisur; Elionas, Massias Israel, and Nathanael, and Ocidelus and Talsas. 23 And of the Levites; Jozabad, and Semis, and Colius, who was called Calitas, and Patheus, and Judas, and Jonas. 24 Of the holy singers; Eleazurus, Bacchurus. 25 Of the porters; Sallumus, and Tolbanes. 26 Of them of Israel, of the sons of Phoros; Hiermas, and Eddias, and Melchias, and Maelus, and Eleazar, and Asibias, and Baanias. 27 Of the sons of Ela; Matthanias, Zacharias, and Hierielus, and Hieremoth, and Aedias. 28 And of the sons of Zamoth; Eliadas, Elisimus, Othonias, Jarimoth, and Sabatus, and Sardeus. 29 Of the sons of Babai; Johannes, and Ananias and Josabad, and Amatheis. 30 Of the sons of Mani; Olamus, Mamuchus, Jedeus, Jasubus, Jasael, and Hieremoth. 31 And of the sons of Addi; Naathus, and Moosias, Lacunus, and Naidus, and Mathanias, and Sesthel, Balnuus, and Manasseas. 32 And of the sons of Annas; Elionas and Aseas, and Melchias, and Sabbeus, and Simon Chosameus. 33 And of the sons of Asom; Altaneus, and Matthias, and Baanaia, Eliphalet, and Manasses, and Semei. 34 And of the sons of Maani; Jeremias, Momdis, Omaerus, Juel, Mabdai, and Pelias, and Anos, Carabasion, and Enasibus, and Mamnitanaimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali, Samis, Selemias, Nathanias: and of the sons of Ozora; Sesis, Esril, Azaelus, Samatus, Zambis, Josephus. 35 And of the sons of Ethma; Mazitias, Zabadaias, Edes, Juel, Banaias. 36 All these had taken strange wives, and they put them away with their children. 37 And the priests and Levites, and they that were of Israel, dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the country, in the first day of the seventh month: so the children of Israel were in their habitations. 38 And the whole multitude came together with one accord into the broad place of the holy porch toward the east: 39 And they spake unto Esdras the priest and reader, that he would bring the law of Moses, that was given of the Lord God of Israel. 40 So Esdras the chief priest brought the law unto the whole multitude from man to woman, and to all the priests, to hear law in the first day of the seventh month. 41 And he read in the broad court before the holy porch from morning unto midday, before both men and women; and the multitude gave heed unto the law. 42 And Esdras the priest and reader of the law stood up upon a pulpit of wood, which was made for that purpose. 43 And there stood up by him Mattathias, Sammus, Ananias, Azarias, Urias, Ezecias, Balasamus, upon the right hand: 44 And upon his left hand stood Phaldaius, Misael, Melchias, Lothasubus, and Nabarias. 45 Then took Esdras the book of the law before the multitude: for he sat honourably in the first place in the sight of them all. 46 And when he opened the law, they stood all straight up. So Esdras blessed the Lord God most High, the God of hosts, Almighty. 47 And all the people answered, Amen; and lifting up their hands they fell to the ground, and worshipped the Lord. 48 Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Adinus, Jacubus, Sabateas, Auteas, Maianeas, and Calitas, Azarias, and Joazabdus, and Ananias, Biatas, the Levites, taught the law of the Lord, making them withal to understand it. 49 Then spake Attharates unto Esdras the chief priest. and reader, and to the Levites that taught the multitude, even to all, saying, 50 This day is holy unto the Lord; (for they all wept when they heard the law:) 51 Go then, and eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send part to them that have nothing; 52 For this day is holy unto the Lord: and be not sorrowful; for the Lord will bring you to honour. 53 So the Levites published all things to the people, saying, This day is holy to the Lord; be not sorrowful. 54 Then went they their way, every one to eat and drink, and make merry, and to give part to them that had nothing, and to make great cheer; 55 Because they understood the words wherein they were instructed, and for the which they had been assembled. ΚΑΙ ἀναστὰς ῎Εσδρας ἀπὸ τῆς αὐλῆς τοῦ ἱεροῦ ἐπορεύθη εἰς τὸ παστοφόριον ᾿Ιωνὰν τοῦ ᾿Ελιασίβου, 2 καὶ αὐλισθεὶς ἐκεῖ ἄρτου οὐκ ἐγεύσατο οὐδὲ ὕδωρ ἔπιε, πενθῶν ἐπὶ τῶν ἀνομιῶν τῶν μεγάλων τοῦ πλήθους. 3 καὶ ἐγένετο κήρυγμα ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ ᾿Ιουδαίᾳ καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ πᾶσι τοῖς ἐκ τῆς αἰχμαλωσίας συναχθῆναι εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· 4 καὶ ὅσοι ἂν μὴ ἀπαντήσωσιν ἐν δυσὶν ἢ τρισὶν ἡμέραις κατὰ τὸ κρίμα τῶν προκαθημένων πρεσβυτέρων, ἀνιερωθήσονται τὰ κτήνη αὐτῶν, καὶ αὐτὸς ἀλλοτριωθήσεται ἀπὸ τοῦ πλήθους τῆς αἰχμαλωσίας. 5 καὶ ἐπισυνήχθησαν πάντες οἱ ἐκ τῆς φυλῆς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ Βενιαμὶν ἐν τρισὶν ἡμέραις εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ (οὗτος ὁ μὴν ἔννατος τῇ εἰκάδι τοῦ μηνός), 6 καὶ συνεκάθισαν πᾶν τὸ πλῆθος ἐν τῷ εὐρυχώρῳ τοῦ ἱεροῦ τρέμοντες διὰ τὸν ἐνεστῶτα χειμῶνα. 7 καὶ ἀναστὰς ῎Εσδρας εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ὑμεῖς ἠνομήσατε καὶ συνῳκίσατε γυναιξὶν ἀλλογενέσι τοῦ προσθεῖναι ἁμαρτίας τῷ ᾿Ισραήλ· 8 καὶ νῦν δότε ὁμολογίαν δόξαν τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν 9 καὶ ποιήσατε τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ καὶ χωρίσθητε ἀπὸ τῶν ἐθνῶν τῆς γῆς καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν γυναικῶν τῶν ἀλλογενῶν. 10 καὶ ἐφώνησεν ἅπαν τὸ πλῆθος καὶ εἶπον μεγάλῃ τῇ φωνῇ· οὕτως ὡς εἴρηκας ποιήσομεν. 11 ἀλλὰ τὸ πλῆθος πολὺ καὶ ὥρα χειμερινή, καὶ οὐκ ἰσχύομεν στῆναι αἴθριοι, καὶ τὸ ἔργον οὐκ ἔστιν ἡμῖν ἡμέρας μιᾶς οὐδὲ δύο· ἐπὶ πλεῖον γὰρ ἡμάρτομεν ἐν τούτοις. 12 στήτωσαν δὲ οἱ προηγούμενοι τοῦ πλήθους, καὶ πάντες οἱ ἐκ τῶν κατοικιῶν ἡμῶν ὅσοι ἔχουσι γυναῖκας ἀλλογενεῖς, παραγενηθήτωσαν λαβόντες χρόνον· 13 ἑκάστου δὲ τόπου τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους καὶ τοὺς κριτὰς ἕως τοῦ λῦσαι τὴν ὀργὴν Κυρίου ἀφ᾿ ἡμῶν τοῦ πράγματος τούτου. 14 ᾿Ιωνάθας ᾿Αζαήλου καὶ ᾿Εζεκίας Θεωκανοῦ ἐπεδέξαντο κατὰ ταῦτα, καὶ Μοσόλλαμος καὶ Λευὶς καὶ Σαββαταῖος συνεβράβευσαν αὐτοῖς. 15 καὶ ἐποίησαν κατὰ πάντα ταῦτα οἱ ἐκ τῆς αἰχμαλωσίας. 16 καὶ ἐπελέξατο αὐτῷ ῎Εσδρας ὁ ἱερεὺς ἄνδρας ἡγουμένους τῶν πατριῶν αὐτῶν πάντας κατ᾿ ὄνομα, καὶ συνεκλείσθησαν τῇ νουμηνίᾳ τοῦ μηνὸς τοῦ δεκάτου ἐτάσαι τὸ πρᾶγμα. 17 καὶ ἤχθη ἐπὶ πέρας τὰ κατὰ τοὺς ἄνδρας τοὺς ἐπισυνέχοντας γυναῖκας ἀλλογενεῖς ἕως τῆς νουμηνίας τοῦ πρώτου μηνός. 18 καὶ εὑρέθησαν τῶν ἱερέων οἱ ἐπισυναχθέντες ἀλλογενεῖς γυναῖκας ἔχοντες· 19 ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ιησοῦ τοῦ ᾿Ιωσεδὲκ καὶ τῶν ἀδελφῶν αὐτοῦ Μαθήλας καὶ ᾿Ελεάζαρος καὶ ᾿Ιώριβος καὶ ᾿Ιωαδάνος· 20 καὶ ἐπέβαλον τὰς χεῖρας ἐκβαλεῖν τὰς γυναῖκας αὐτῶν, καὶ εἰς ἐξιλασμὸν κριοὺς ὑπὲρ τῆς ἀγνοίας αὐτῶν. 21 καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Εμμήρ, ᾿Ανανίας καὶ Ζαβδαῖος καὶ Μάνης καὶ Σαμαῖος καὶ ῾Ιερεὴλ καὶ ᾿Αζαρίας· 22 καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Φαισούρ, ᾿Ελιωναΐς Μασσίας ᾿Ισμαῆλος καὶ Ναθαναῆλος καὶ ᾿Ωκόδηλος καὶ Σαλόας· 23 καὶ ἐκ τῶν Λευιτῶν, ᾿Ιωζαβάδος καὶ Σεμεΐς καὶ Κώϊος (οὗτός ἐστι Καλιτάς) καὶ Παθαῖος καὶ ᾿Ιούδας καὶ ᾿Ιωνάς· 24 ἐκ τῶν ἱεροψαλτῶν, ᾿Ελιάσεβος, Βακχοῦρος· 25 ἐκ τῶν θυρωρῶν, Σαλοῦμος καὶ Τολβάνης· 26 ἐκ τοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Φόρος, ῾Ιερμὰς καὶ ᾿Ιεζίας καὶ Μελχίας καὶ Μαῆλος καὶ ᾿Ελεάζαρος καὶ ᾿Ασεβίας καὶ Βαναίας· 27 ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ηλά, Ματθανίας, Ζαχαρίας καὶ ᾿Ιεζριῆλος καὶ ᾿Ιωαβδίος καὶ ῾Ιερεμὼθ καὶ ᾿Αϊδίας· 28 καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Ζαμώθ, ᾿Ελιαδάς, ᾿Ελιάσιμος, ᾿Οθονίας ᾿Ιαριμὼθ καὶ Σάβαθος καὶ Ζεραλίας· 29 καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Βηβαΐ, ᾿Ιωάννης καὶ ᾿Ανανίας καὶ ᾿Ιωζάβδος καὶ ᾿Αμαθίας· 30 ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Μανί, ᾿Ωλαμός, Μαμοῦχος, ᾿Ιεδαῖος, ᾿Ιασοῦβος καὶ ᾿Ιασαῆλος καὶ ῾Ιερεμώθ· 31 καὶ ἐξ υἱῶν ᾿Αδδί, Νάαθος καὶ Μοοσίας, Λακκοῦνος καὶ Ναΐδος, Ματθανίας καὶ Σεσθήλ· καὶ Βαλνοῦος καὶ Μανασσίας· 32 καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ανάν, ᾿Ελιωνὰς καὶ ᾿Ασαΐας καὶ Μελχίας καὶ Σαββαῖος καὶ Σίμων Χοσαμαῖος· 33 καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ασόμ, ᾿Αλταναῖος καὶ Ματταθίας καὶ Σαβανναῖος καὶ ᾿Ελιφαλὰτ καὶ Μανασσῆς καὶ Σεμεΐ· 34 καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Βαανί, ῾Ιερεμίας, Μομδίος, ᾿Ισμαῆρος, ᾿Ιουήλ, Μαβδαΐ καὶ Πεδίας καὶ ῎Ανως, Ῥαβασίων καὶ ᾿Ενάσιβος καὶ Μαμνιτάναιμος, ᾿Ελίασις, Βαννούς, ᾿Ελιαλί, Σομεΐς, Σελεμίας, Ναθανίας· καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Εζωρά, Σεσίς, ᾿Εσρήλ, ᾿Αζαῆλος, Σαματός, Ζαμβρί, ᾿Ιώσηφος· 35 καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Εθμά, Μαζιτίας, Ζαβαδαίας, ᾿Ηδαΐς, ᾿Ιουήλ, Βαναίας. 36 πάντες οὗτοι συνῴκισαν γυναῖκας ἀλλογενεῖς, καὶ ἀπέλυσαν αὐτὰς σὺν τέκνοις. 37 Καὶ κατῴκησαν οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται καὶ οἱ ἐκ τοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐν τῇ χώρᾳ τῇ νουμηνίᾳ τοῦ μηνὸς τοῦ ἑβδόμου καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν ταῖς κατοικίαις αὐτῶν. 38 καὶ συνήχθη πᾶν τὸ πλῆθος ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἐπὶ τὸ εὐρύχωρον τοῦ πρὸς ἀνατολὰς τοῦ ἱεροῦ πυλῶνος 39 καὶ εἶπεν ῎Εσδρᾳ τῷ ἱερεῖ καὶ ἀναγνώστῃ· κόμισαι τὸν νόμον Μωυσῆ τὸν παραδοθέντα ὑπὸ Κυρίου Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ. 40 καὶ ἐκόμισεν ῎Εσδρας ὁ ἀρχιερεὺς τὸν νόμον παντὶ τῷ πλήθει ἀνθρώπου ἕως γυναικὸς καὶ πᾶσι τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν ἀκοῦσαι τοῦ νόμου νουμηνίᾳ τοῦ ἑβδόμου μηνός. 41 καὶ ἀνεγίνωσκεν ἐν τῷ πρὸ τοῦ ἱεροῦ πυλῶνος εὐρυχώρῳ, ἐξ ὄρθρου ἕως μέσης ἡμέρας, ἐνώπιον ἀνδρῶν τε καὶ γυναικῶν, καὶ ἀπέδωκαν πᾶν τὸ πλῆθος τὸν νοῦν εἰς τὸν νόμον. 42 καὶ ἔστη ῎Εσδρας ὁ ἱερεὺς καὶ ἀναγνώστης τοῦ νόμου ἐπὶ τοῦ ξυλίνου βήματος τοῦ κατασκευασθέντος, 43 καὶ ἔστησαν παρ᾿ αὐτῷ Ματταθίας, Σαμμούς, ᾿Ανανίας, ᾿Αζαρίας, Οὐρίας, ᾿Εζεκίας, Βαάλσαμος ἐκ δεξιῶν, 44 καὶ ἐξ εὐωνύμων Φαλδαῖος καὶ Μισαήλ, Μελχίας, Λωθάσουβος, Ναβαρίας, Ζαχαρίας. 45 καὶ ἀναλαβὼν ῎Εσδρας τὸ βιβλίον ἐνώπιον τοῦ πλήθους προεκάθητο ἐπιδόξως ἐνώπιον πάντων, 46 καὶ ἐν τῷ λῦσαι τὸν νόμον πάντες ὀρθοὶ ἔστησαν. καὶ εὐλόγησεν ῎Εσδρας τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ῾Υψίστῳ Θεῷ Σαβαὼθ παντοκράτορι, 47 καὶ ἐπεφώνησε πᾶν τὸ πλῆθος ἀμήν. καὶ ἄραντες ἄνω τὰς χεῖρας, προσπεσόντες ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν, προσεκύνησαν τῷ Κυρίῳ. 48 ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ ᾿Αννιοὺθ καὶ Σαραβίας καὶ ᾿Ιαδινὸς καὶ ᾿Ιάκουβος, Σαββαταῖος, Αὐταίας, Μαιάννας καὶ Καλίτας, ᾿Αζαρίας καὶ ᾿Ιώζαβδος καὶ ᾿Ανανίας, Φαλίας, οἱ Λευῖται, ἐδίδασκον τὸν νόμον τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ πρὸς τὸ πλῆθος ἀνεγίνωσκον τὸν νόμον τοῦ Κυρίου, ἐμφυσιοῦντες ἅμα τὴν ἀνάγνωσιν. 49 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Ατθαράτης ῎Εσδρᾳ τῷ ἀρχιερεῖ καὶ ἀναγνώστῃ καὶ τοῖς Λευίταις τοῖς διδάσκουσι τὸ πλῆθος ἐπὶ πάντας· 50 ἡ ἡμέρα αὕτη ἐστὶν ἁγία τῷ Κυρίῳ, καὶ πάντες ἔκλαιον ἐν τῷ ἀκοῦσαι τοῦ νόμου· 51 βαδίσαντες οὖν φάγετε λιπάσματα καὶ πίετε γλυκάσματα καὶ ἀποστείλατε ἀποστολὰς τοῖς μὴ ἔχουσιν, 52 ἁγία γὰρ ἡ ἡμέρα τῷ Κυρίῳ· καὶ μὴ λυπεῖσθε, ὁ γὰρ Κύριος δοξάσει ὑμᾶς. 53 καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἐκέλευον παντὶ τῷ δήμῳ λέγοντες· ἡ ἡμέρα αὕτη ἁγία, μὴ λυπεῖσθε. 54 καὶ ᾤχοντο πάντες φαγεῖν καὶ πιεῖν καὶ εὐφραίνεσθαι καὶ δοῦναι ἀποστολὰς τοῖς μὴ ἔχουσι καὶ εὐφρανθῆναι μεγάλως, 55 ὅτι γὰρ ἐνεφυσιώθησαν ἐν τοῖς ῥήμασιν, οἷς ἐδιδάχθησαν, καὶ ἐπισυνήχθησαν.

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