Now whenthesethingsweredone, the princescame to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separatedthemselvesfrom the people of the lands, doingaccording to theirabominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
For theyhavetaken of theirdaughters for themselves, and for theirsons: so that the holyseedhavemingledthemselveswith the people of thoselands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulershathbeenchief in thistrespass.
Since the days of our fathershave we been in a greattrespassuntothis day; and for our iniquitieshave we, our kings, and our priests, beendeliveredinto the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.
And now for a littlespacegracehathbeenshewedfrom the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holyplace, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a littlereviving in our bondage.
For we werebondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hathextendedmercyunto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolationsthereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
Whichthouhastcommanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, untowhich ye go to possess it, is an uncleanlandwith the filthiness of the people of the lands, withtheirabominations, whichhavefilled it from one end to anotherwiththeiruncleanness.
Now thereforegive not yourdaughtersuntotheirsons, neithertaketheirdaughtersuntoyoursons, nor seektheirpeace or theirwealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to yourchildren for ever.
Should we againbreak thy commandments, and join in affinitywith the people of theseabominations? wouldest not thou be angrywith us tillthouhadstconsumed us, so thatthereshould be no remnant nor escaping?