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In this last chapter of Ezra we will see the hidden secret redressed
1-5...The confession to G-d and each other
6-14..An Assembly is called and reformation is agreed upon
15-17.Commissioners are appointed
18-44.The names of the guilty are given

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Ezra 10:13-14, Many Have Transgressed G-d's Law

There were many that had taken foreign women for wives, so many that it was clear, the work of personal confession with council was going to take much more time. Standing in the rain was only going to increase their personal discomfort for at least two more days if left to the current time frame. So it was posted that those with foreign women were to give their name with the Leadershipand they would be contacted.

Lets read the next two verses of Ezra 10,

V13 "But [there are] many people; [it is] the season for heavy rain, and we are not able to stand outside. Nor [is this] the work of one or two days, for [there are] many of us who have transgressed in this matter.
V14 "Please, let the leaders of our entire assembly stand; and let all those in our cities who have taken pagan wives come at appointed times, together with the elders and judges of their cities, until the fierce wrath of Our G-d is turned away from us in this matter."

So each one who had sinned by taking foreign women for wives were to be assigned a time to come before the Leadership of Judah with their city elders and judges until G-d's wrath had been turned away from the matter.