The whole book of Ezra teaches us that there can be hope in the midst of ruin. Ezra 10:5-44 continues the story of hope which was declared in the first five verses where Schechaniah declares, "yet now there is hope in Israel in spite of this.” - in spite of sins committed. However, in verses 5-44, it is revealed how the hope of repentance was secured. It is one thing to acknowledge your sin, but it is another thing to follow through with necessary changes.

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