1. Exposition

Who was Shecaniah?

Ezra 10:2 (ESV)

2 And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, addressed Ezra: “We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.

Shecaniah was the son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam. He had first-hand knowledge of the seriousness of the problem of marrying foreign women since his own father was among those who were guilty (Ezra 10:26).1

Several other Shecaniahs are mentioned in Ezra and Nehemiah (see Ezra 8:3, Ezra 8:5; Nehemiah 3:29; Nehemiah 6:18; Nehemiah 12:3), though it is not clear if those references are pointing to this person. The Shecaniah mentioned in Ezra 10:2 was probably among the leading men of the remnant (Ezra 9:1).