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  1. Nehemiah 13 conveniently leaves out any mention of the “ten-generations” rule, which would have meant that by the time of Nehemiah the marriage prohibition would have already passed, wouldn’t it? So if Nehemiah was wrongfully forcing divorces, one could well imagine other books, like Ruth, setting out to correct his errors. Interesting to note is the words of Nehemiah’s possible contemporary, Malachi, who speaks for God in saying (Neh 2:13-16):

    “And you have done it again: covering the altar of YHWH with tears, with weeping, and with wailing, to such an extent that he no longer has any regard for your offering, nor does he willingly receive it from your hand. But still you say, ‘Why?’ Because YHWH is a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously; for she is still your companion, the wife of your covenant! And did [YHWH] not make them one? . . . And why [has YHWH made them] one? To seek godly offspring. Therefore let your spirit be warned, and let no one deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. For YHWH, the God of Israel, says that he hates divorce . . .”

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