:B:1 After all this was finished, the leaders approached me and said, The people of Israel, the priests and the Levites have not departed from the pagan peoples and are now serving the idols of the Canaanites, the Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moa bites, Egyp tians and Amorites. 2 For they took women from among these people for themselves and for their sons, and mixed their holy race with that of the pagans. The leaders and magistrates were the first in committing this sin.
3 When I heard this, I tore my garments and my mantle, pulled hair from my head and beard, and sat down very much grieved. 4 All who remembered the words of the God of Israel gathered around me
6 I said, My God! I am ashamed and confused, my God, I do not dare raise my eyes to you for our sins have increased over our heads and our crimes reach up to the heavens.
7 From the days of our ancestors to this day, our guilt has been great. We, our kings and priests have been given into the hands of foreign kings because of our crimes
10 But now, our God, what shall we say when, in spite of all this, we have abandoned your com mandments? 11 You have said through your servants, the prophets: The land you are entering to take possession of was defiled by the impurities of its inhabitants
13 After all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and our sins, you, our God, have pardoned our wickedness, since you allowed all who are here to survive. 14 How could we despise your commandments once more and intermarry with these wretched peoples? Will you not be angry with us and destroy us without leaving any remnant or survivors?