1. Exposition

Where and for how long did Ezra sit?

Ezra 9:3 (ESV)

3 As soon as I heard this, I tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and sat appalled.

Sacrifices would have been performed at the temple. So it makes sense to assume that Ezra was seated somewhere in the temple court. This was also a very public place, at the heart of the city. If he was told about the people’s sin in the morning, then he would have sat in silence for a long time before the evening sacrifices began at around 15:00 (Exodus 12:6; Acts 3:1).1