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And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

9:10 forsaken thy commandments. The rebellious iniquity of the human heart is astonishing! Here are God’s chosen people, only one generation after their miraculous deliverance from captive exile, already falling back into the same sins which had sent them away into captivity in the first place. They were already “doing according to their abominations”—that is, the idolatrous practices—of the Canaanites and the other pagan people that had led to their first downfall. Furthermore, their leaders were among the worst offenders (Ezra 9:2).

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