Nehemiah 4

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The Book of Nehemiah

Chapter 5


And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.


For there were that said,6 We, our sons, and our daughters, [are] many: therefore we take4 up corn [for them], that we may eat,4 and live.4


[Some] also there were that said,6 We have mortgaged6 our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy4 corn, because of the dearth.


There were also that said,6 We have borrowed1 money for the king's tribute, [and that upon] our lands and vineyards.


Yet now our flesh [is] as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage6 our sons and our daughters to be servants, and [some] of our daughters are brought unto bondage12 [already]: neither [is it] in our power [to redeem them]; for other men have our lands and vineyards.


And I was very angry4 when I heard1 their cry and these words.


Then I consulted11 with myself, and I rebuked4 the nobles, and the rulers, and said4 unto them, Ye exact5 5383 6 5375 6 usury, every one of his brother. And I set4 a great assembly against them.


And I said4 unto them, We after our ability have redeemed1 our brethren the Jews, which were sold12 unto the heathen; and will ye even sell4 your brethren? or shall they be sold8 unto us? Then held they their peace,55 and found1 nothing [to answer].


Also I said,4 It [is] not good that ye do:6 ought ye not to walk4 in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?6


I likewise, [and] my brethren, and my servants, might exact6 of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off4 this usury.


Restore,54 I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth [part] of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact6 of them.


Then said4 they, We will restore55 [them], and will require17 nothing of them; so will we do4 as thou sayest.6 Then I called4 the priests, and took an oath55 of them, that they should do2 according to this promise.


Also I shook1 my lap, and said,4 So God shake17 out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth55 not this promise, even thus be he shaken out,7 and emptied. And all the congregation said,4 Amen, and praised17 the LORD. And the people did4 according to this promise.


Moreover from the time that I was appointed14 to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that is], twelve 6240 years, I and my brethren have not eaten1 the bread of the governor.


But the former governors that [had been] before me were chargeable52 unto the people, and had taken4 of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule1 over the people: but so did1 not I, because of the fear of God.


Yea, also I continued52 in the work of this wall, neither bought1 we any land: and all my servants [were] gathered7 thither unto the work.


Moreover [there were] at my table an hundred and fifty 376 of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came6 unto us from among the heathen that [are] about us.


Now [that] which was prepared12 [for me] daily 3117 [was] one ox [and] six choice7 sheep; also fowls were prepared8 for me, and once in ten days store53 of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required14 not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy1 upon this people.


Think3 upon me, my God, for good, [according] to all that I have done1 for this people.

Nehemiah 6





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