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Standing on a platform, Esdras read the book aloud "from the morning until midday".
Thereupon steps were at once taken for the due celebration of this feast, which was to last seven days, from the fifteenth to the twenty-second day of Tishri.
Regardless of the Law of Moses, many, even the leading Jews and priests, had intermarried with the idolatrous inhabitants of the country.
Horror-stricken by the discovery of this abuse -- the extent of which was very likely unknown heretofore to Esdras -- he gave utterance to his feelings in a prayer which made such an impression upon the people that Sechenias, in their names, proposed that the Israelites should put away their foreign wives and the children born of them.
For three full months this commission held its sessions; at the end of that time the "strange wives" were dismissed.
What was the outcome of this drastic measure we are not told; Esdras's memoirs are interrupted here.
Nor do we know whether, his task accomplished, he returned to Babylon or remained in Jerusalem.