2 Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God and have [a]married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.3 So now let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and [b]their children, according to the counsel of [c]my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.4 Arise! For this matter is [d]your responsibility, but we will be with you; be courageous and act.”
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