For I was ashamed to ask of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
Read Chapter 8
George Leo Haydock
Forsake him. Apostates are treated with the greatest severity. (Menochius)
Esdras thought that the glory of God was at stake, and he would not show any diffidence in Providence, or scandalize the infidels. (Calmet)
We ought not to ask princes for what we should despise. (Du Hamel)