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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezra 10:6-14

We have here an account of the proceedings upon the resolutions lately taken up concerning the strange wives; no time was lost; they struck when the iron was hot, and soon set the wheels of reformation a-going. 1. Ezra went to the council-chamber where, it is probable, the priests used to meet upon public business; and till he came thither (so bishop Patrick thinks it should be read), till he saw something done, and more likely to be done, for the redress of this grievance, he did neither eat... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezra 10:10

And Ezra the priest stood up ,.... In the midst of the assembly to make his speech, acquainting them with the reason of their meeting together: and said unto them, ye have transgressed ; the law of God in the following instance: and have taken strange wives ; of the people of the land and others, idolatrous persons: to increase the trespass of Israel ; to add to former iniquities, which had been the cause of the captivity. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 10:6-12

A national call. We have traced before the probable influence of Ezra's piety and instructions; how they seem to have aroused the national conscience, and so to have brought to light the secret national sin; and how they afterwards brought together so many of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, first to grieve for it, and then to renounce it, and resolve to suppress it. But these men, however influential, were only a fractional part of the nation. If their resolves were to be carried out... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 10:6-44

The reformations. Roused by the speech of Shechaniah to the work of reformation, Ezra promptly took his measures. These are set forth in the words before us. The consideration of the subject may be conveniently arranged under three heads, viz.— I. THE PROCLAMATION . 1. This was drawn up in the temple (verses 6, 7). 2. Its measures were strong and peremptory. (3) There was also a civil penalty, viz; "that all his substance should be forfeited." The Hebrew for... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 10:9-44

Sin and repentance. A very memorable scene was witnessed that day, the twentieth of the ninth month, in the year of Ezra's return. All the Israelites of Judah and Benjamin assembled together in the courts of the temple, shaken, troubled, trembling for fear of the anger of an offended God, ready to yield to the demands of his faithful servant who spoke in his name, even to the breaking up of their domestic ties; it was an hour when sin was coming out into the light, and was to be sternly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 10:10

Ezra the priest stood up . Now that the time had come for action, Ezra was not wanting to his duties. The chief authority had been put into his hands by the Persian king ( Ezra 7:25 , Ezra 7:26 ), and he was bound to exercise it. Accordingly, the great bulk of the nation being assembled in obedience to the proclamation, Ezra came forward in person, and declared that the "strange wives" must be put away. Ye have taken strange wives . Literally, "have caused to dwell," i.e. have made... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 10:10-14

ADDRESS OF EZRA , AND CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE TO PUT AWAY THE STRANGE WIVES ( Ezra 10:10-14 ). Hitherto Ezra seems to have allowed the leading part in the matter to be taken by the civil authorities, whom he had found established in Jerusalem on his arrival ( Ezra 9:1-8 ). Now he came forward boldly, denouncing the sin committed, and as supreme governor commanding the repudiation of the strange wives. The assembled multitude consented, but urged that the matter... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Ezra 10:1-44

The problem solved (10:1-44)People heard of Ezra’s grief and gathered with their families to meet him. They confessed their wrongdoing and promised on oath before Ezra that they would correct it (10:1-5). But the problem could not be solved in a day, for it was widespread and its consequences were far-reaching. Ezra therefore went away to a quiet room in a friend’s house where he could spend the night considering the matter before God. The result was that a meeting of all families was arranged... read more

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