Nehemiah 5

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

2. For certain ones said, “We, our sons and our daughters, are many. Let us get grain for them, so that we may eat and live.”

3. There were also some who said, “We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses. Let us buy grain because of the famine.”

4. There were also some who said, “We have borrowed money on our lands and vineyards for the king’s tax.

5. Yet now our flesh is like the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children. And, lo, we bring our sons and our daughters into bondage, to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought into bondage already. And there is no power for our hand to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards.”

6. And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

7. And I considered this within my heart, and I rebuked the nobles and the rulers, and said to them, “You exact interest, each one from his brother!” And I held a great assembly against them.

8. And I said to them, “According to our ability we have redeemed our brethren, the Jews who were sold to the nations. And will you even sell your brethren? Or shall they be sold to us?” And they were silent because they had nothing to say.

9. And I said, “What you do is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

10. And also I, my brethren and my servants are lending them money and grain. Please let us stop this lending with usury.

11. Please, even today, give back to them their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses—also the percent charged on the money and on the grain, the wine, and the oil that you have taken from them.”

12. And they said, “We will restore and will require nothing from them. So we will do as you say.” Then I called the priests and took an oath from them that they should do according to this promise.

13. Also I shook out the fold in my robe, and said, “So let God shake out every man from his house, and from his labor, who does not keep this promise, even may he be shaken out this way and emptied.” And all the congregation said, “Amen,” and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise.

14. Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even to the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes the king, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.

15. But the former governors that had been before me laid burdens upon the people, and had taken bread and wine from them, besides forty shekels of silver. Yea, even their servants bore rule over the people. But I did not do this because of the fear of God.

16. And I also continued in the work of this wall. Nor did we buy any land. And all my servants were gathered there to the work.

17. Moreover, at my table were a hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, besides those who came to us from among the nations that are around us.

18. And that which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep; and birds were prepared; and once in ten days an abundance of all sorts of wine. Yet for all this I did not demand the bread of the governor because the bondage was heavy upon this people.

19. Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.

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And there wasH1961
HCHVqw3fs
a greatH1419
HAafsa
cryH6818
HNcfsc
of the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
and of their wivesH802
HCHNcfpcHSp3mp
againstH413
HR
their brethrenH251
HNcmpcHSp3mp
the Jews,H3064
HTdHNgmpa

For certainH834
HTr
onesH3426
HCHTm
said,H559
HVqrmpa
"We,H587
HPp1cp
our sonsH1121
HNcmpcHSp1cp
and our daughters,H1323
HCHNcfpcHSp1cp
aremany.H7227
HAampa
Let usH3947
HCHVqh1cp
get grainH1715
HNcmsa
for them, so that we may eatH398
HCHVqh1cp
and live."H2421
HCHVqi1cp

There wereH3426
HCHTm
also some whoH834
HTr
said,H559
HVqrmpa
"WeH587
HPp1cp
have mortgagedH6148
HVqrmpa
our lands,H7704
HNcmpcHSp1cp
vineyards,H3754
HCHNcbpcHSp1cp
and houses.H1004
HCHNcmpcHSp1cp
Let us buyH3947
HCHVqh1cp
grainH1715
HNcmsa
because of the famine."H7458
HRdHNcmsa

There wereH3426
HCHTm
also some whoH834
HTr
said,H559
HVqrmpa
"We have borrowedH3867
HVqp1cp
moneyH3701
HNcmsa
on our landsH7704
HNcmpcHSp1cp
and vineyardsH3754
HCHNcbpcHSp1cp
for the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
tax.H4060
HRHNcfsc

Yet nowH6258
HCHD
our fleshH1320
HRHNcmsc
islike the fleshH1320
HNcmscHSp1cp
of our brethren,H251
HNcmpcHSp1cp
our childrenH1121
HNcmpcHSp1cp
as their children.H1121
HRHNcmpcHSp3mp
And, lo,H2009
HCHTm
weH587
HPp1cp
H853
HTo
bring our sonsH1121
HNcmpcHSp1cp
andH853
HCHTo
our daughtersH1323
HNcfpcHSp1cp
into bondage,H3533
HVqrmpa
to be servants,H5650
HRHNcmpa
and some of our daughtersH1323
HRHNcfpcHSp1cp
areH3426
HCHTm
brought into bondageH3533
HVNsfpa
already. Andthere isnoH369
HCHTn
powerH410
HRHNcmsc
for our handH3027
HNcbscHSp1cp
to redeem them, for other menH312
HRHAampa
have our landsH7704
HCHNcmpcHSp1cp
and vineyards."H3754
HCHNcbpcHSp1cp

And I consideredH4427
HCHVNw3ms
this withinH5921
HRHSp1cs
my heart,H3820
HNcmscHSp1cs
and I rebukedH7378
HCHVqw1csHSh
H854
HR
the noblesH2715
HTdHNcmpa
andH854
HCHR
the rulers,H5461
HTdHNcmpa
and saidH559
HCHVqw1csHSh
to them,Hl
HRHSp3mp
"YouH859
HPp2mp
exact interest,H4855
HNcmsa
eachoneH376
HNcmsa
from his brother!"H251
HRHNcmscHSp3ms
And I heldH5414
HCHVqw1cs
a greatH1419
HAafsa
assemblyH6952
HNcfsa
against them.H5921
HRHSp3mp

And I saidH559
HCHVqw1csHSh
to them,Hl
HRHSp3mp
"According to ourHb
HRHSp1cp
abilityH1767
HRHNcmsc
weH587
HPp1cp
have redeemedH7069
HVqp1cp
H853
HTo
our brethren,H251
HNcmpcHSp1cp
the JewsH3064
HTdHNgmpa
who were soldH4376
HTdHVNsmpa
to the nations.H1471
HRdHNcmpa
And will youH859
HPp2mp
evenH1571
HCHTa
sellH4376
HVqi2mp
H853
HTo
your brethren?H251
HNcmpcHSp2mp
Or shall they be soldH4376
HCHVNq3cp
to us?"Hl
HRHSp1cp
And they were silentH2790
HCHVhw3mp
because they hadH4672
HVqp3cp
nothingH3808
HCHTn
to say.H1697
HNcmsa

And I said,H559
HCHVqw1cs
"WhatH834
HTr
H1697
HTdHNcmsa
youH859
HPp2mp
doH6213
HVqrmpa
isnotH3808
HTn
good.H2896
HAamsa
Should you notH3808
HTiHTn
walkH3212
HVqi2mp
in the fearH3374
HRHNcfsc
of our GodH430
HNcmpcHSp1cp
because of the reproachH2781
HRHNcfsc
of the heathenH1471
HTdHNcmpa
our enemies?H341
HVqrmpcHSp1cp

And alsoH1571
HCHTa
I,H589
HPp1cs
my brethrenH251
HNcmpcHSp1cs
and my servantsH5288
HCHNcmpcHSp1cs
are lendingH5383
HVqrmpa
themHb
HRHSp3mp
moneyH3701
HNcmsa
and grain.H1715
HCHNcmsa
PleaseH4994
HTj
let us stopH5800
HVqh1cp
H853
HTo
thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
lending with usury.H4855
HTdHNcmsa

Please,H4994
HTe
even today,H3117
HRHTdHNcmsa
give backH7725
HVhv2mp
to themHl
HRHSp3mp
their fields,H7704
HNcmpcHSp3mp
their vineyards,H3754
HNcbpcHSp3mp
their olive groves,H2132
HNcmpcHSp3mp
and their houses—H1004
HCHNcmpcHSp3mp
also the percentH3967
HCHAcbsc
charged on the moneyH3701
HTdHNcmsa
and on the grain,H1715
HCHTdHNcmsa
the wine,H8492
HTdHNcmsa
and the oilH3323
HCHTdHNcmsa
thatH834
HTr
youH859
HPp2mp
have takenH5383
HVqrmpa
from them."Hb
HRHSp3mp

And they said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"We will restoreH7725
HVhi1cp
and will requireH1245
HVpi1cp
nothingH3808
HTn
from them.Hm
HCHRHSp3mp
SoH3651
HTm
we will doH6213
HVqi1cp
asH834
HRHTr
youH859
HPp2ms
say."H559
HVqrmsa
Then I calledH7121
HCHVqw1cs
H853
HTo
the priestsH3548
HTdHNcmpa
and took an oath from themH7650
HCHVhw1csHSp3mp
that they should doH6213
HRHVqc
according to thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
promise.H1697
HRdHNcmsa

AlsoH1571
HTa
I shook outH5287
HVqp1cs
the fold in my robe,H2684
HNcmscHSp1cs
and said,H559
HCHVqw1csHSh
"SoH3602
HD
let GodH430
HTdHNcmpa
shake outH5287
HVpi3ms
H853
HTo
everyH3605
HNcmsc
manH376
HTdHNcmsa
from his house,H1004
HRHNcmscHSp3ms
and from his labor,H3018
HCHRHNcmscHSp3ms
whoH834
HTr
does notH3808
HTn
keepH6965
HVhi3ms
H853
HTo
thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
promise,H1697
HTdHNcmsa
even may he beH1961
HVqi3ms
shaken outH5287
HVqsmsa
this wayH3602
HCHD
and emptied."H7386
HCHAamsa
And allH3605
HNcmsc
the congregationH6951
HTdHNcmsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"Amen,"H543
HD
and praisedH1984
HCHVpw3mp
H853
HTo
the LORD.H3068
HNp
And the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
didH6213
HCHVqw3ms
according to thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
promise.H1697
HRdHNcmsa

Moreover,H1571
HTa
from the timeH3117
HRHNcmsa
thatH834
HTr
IH853
HToHSp1cs
was appointedH6680
HVpp3ms
to beH1961
HRHVqc
their governorH6346
HNcmscHSp3mp
in the landH776
HRHNcbsc
of Judah,H3063
HNp
from the twentiethH6242
HAcbpa
yearH8141
HRHNcfsc
even toH5704
HCHR
the thirty-secondH7970
HAcbpa
H8147
HCHAcfda
yearH8141
HNcfsc
of ArtaxerxesH783
HRHNp
the king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa
twelveH8147
HAcfda
H6240
HAcfsa
years,H8141
HNcfpa
IH589
HPp1cs
and my brethrenH251
HCHNcmpcHSp1cs
have notH3808
HTn
eatenH398
HVqp1cs
the breadH3899
HNcbsc
of the governor.H6346
HTdHNcmsa

But the formerH7223
HTdHAampa
governorsH6346
HCHTdHNcmpa
thatH834
HTr
had beenbefore meH6440
HRHNcbpcHSp1cs
laid burdensH3513
HVhp3cp
uponH5921
HR
the people,H5971
HTdHNcmsa
and had takenH3947
HCHVqw3mp
breadH3899
HRHNcbsa
and wineH3196
HCHNcmsa
from them,Hm
HRHSp3mp
besidesH310
HR
fortyH705
HAcbpa
shekelsH8255
HNcmpa
of silver.H3701
HNcmsa
Yea, evenH1571
HTa
their servantsH5288
HNcmpcHSp3mp
bore ruleH7980
HVqp3cp
overH5921
HR
the people.H5971
HTdHNcmsa
But IH589
HCHPp1cs
did notH3808
HTn
doH6213
HVqp1cs
thisH3651
HD
becauseH6440
HRHNcbpc
of the fearH3374
HNcfsc
of God.H430
HNcmpa

Moreover, atH5921
HR
my tableH7979
HNcmscHSp1cs
werea hundredH3967
HAcbsa
and fiftyH2572
HCHAcbpa
H376
HNcmsa
of the JewsH3064
HCHTdHNgmpa
and rulers,H5461
HCHTdHNcmpa
besides those who cameH935
HCHTdHVqrmpa
to usH413
HRHSp1cp
fromH4480
HR
among the nationsH1471
HTdHNcmpa
thatH834
HTr
arearound us.H5439
HNcbpcHSp1cp

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