The priest had finished their examination of who had taken foreign wives.
Some of their own had!
Among the sons of the priests who had married foreign wives were found of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah.
What did they do?
They pledged to put away their wives, and being guilty,
they offered a ram of the flock for their offense.
They agreed to repent and put away their wives.
Then, there is a long list from verses 20-43 that delineates the names of those who had taken foreign wives.
The chapter closes…
All these had married foreign wives, and some of them had wives by whom they had children.
Forthright and to the point.
Again, think of all the people repenting.
There was pain and sorrow.
The wives would have been loved.
The children would have been loved.
Yet, they were to be put away.
Sin brings sorrow.
Repentance brings joy, but sorrow may accompany the transition.
Repentance is not always easy.
They counted the cost.
They chose to adhere to the Word of the Lord rather than the passions and emotions of the flesh.
So should we.