people of the land

people of the land

A phrase that occurs frequently in the OT, especially in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, 2 Kings, and 2 Chronicles, where it probably designates the qualified male citizenry as opposed to the ruling class. In Ezra and Nehemiah (Ezra 10:2; Ezra 10:11; Neh 10:30) it becomes a derogatory term for those Jews who were viewed as “nonobservant” in their religion.

Ezra 10:2

2Shecaniah son of Jehiel, of the descendants of Elam, addressed Ezra, saying, “We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples ... View more

Ezra 10:11

11Now make confession to the Lord the God of your ancestors, and do his will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.”

Neh 10:30

30We will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons;

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