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.
HNcmpcHSp1cpand our daughters,H1323
HNcmsafor them, so that we may eatH398
HCHTmalso some whoH834
HCHNcmpcHSp1cpLet us buyH3947
HNcmsabecause of the famine."H7458
HCHTmalso some whoH834
HVqrmpa"We have borrowedH3867
HNcmsaon our landsH7704
HCHNcbpcHSp1cpfor the king'sH4428
HRHNcmscislike the fleshH1320
HNcmscHSp1cpof our brethren,H251
HNcmpcHSp1cpas their children.H1121
HTobring our sonsH1121
HVqrmpato be servants,H5650
HRHNcmpaand some of our daughtersH1323
HCHTmbrought into bondageH3533
HVNsfpaalready. Andthere isnoH369
HRHNcmscfor our handH3027
HNcbscHSp1cpto redeem them, for other menH312
HRHAampahave our landsH7704
And I consideredH4427
HNcmscHSp1csand I rebukedH7378
HNcmsafrom his brother!"H251
HRHNcmscHSp3msAnd I heldH5414
And I saidH559
HRHSp3mp"According to ourHb
HTdHNgmpawho were soldH4376
HTdHVNsmpato the nations.H1471
HRdHNcmpaAnd will youH859
HNcmpcHSp2mpOr shall they be soldH4376
HRHSp1cpAnd they were silentH2790
HCHVhw3mpbecause they hadH4672
And I said,H559
HAamsaShould you notH3808
HVqi2mpin the fearH3374
HRHNcfscof our GodH430
HNcmpcHSp1cpbecause of the reproachH2781
HRHNcfscof the heathenH1471
HNcmpcHSp1csand my servantsH5288
HTjlet us stopH5800
HTdHPdxmslending with usury.H4855
HNcbpcHSp3mptheir olive groves,H2132
HNcmpcHSp3mpand their houses—H1004
HCHNcmpcHSp3mpalso the percentH3967
HCHAcbsccharged on the moneyH3701
HTdHNcmsaand on the grain,H1715
HTdHNcmsaand the oilH3323
And they said,H559
HCHVqw3mp"We will restoreH7725
HVhi1cpand will requireH1245
HTmwe will doH6213
HVqrmsaThen I calledH7121
HTdHNcmpaand took an oath from themH7650
HCHVhw1csHSp3mpthat they should doH6213
HRHVqcaccording to thisH2088
HTaI shook outH5287
HVqp1csthe fold in my robe,H2684
HTdHNcmsafrom his house,H1004
HRHNcmscHSp3msand from his labor,H3018
HTdHNcmsaeven may he beH1961
HNpAnd the peopleH5971
HCHVqw3msaccording to thisH2088
HTafrom the timeH3117
HNcmscHSp3mpin the landH776
HNpfrom the twentiethH6242
HPp1csand my brethrenH251
HNcbscof the governor.H6346
But the formerH7223
HTrhad beenbefore meH6440
HTdHNcmsaand had takenH3947
HRHNcbpcof the fearH3374
And I alsoH1571
HVhp1csin the workH4399
HTndid we buyH7069
HNcmsaof the JewsH3064
HCHTdHNcmpabesides those who cameH935
HRamong the nationsH1471
And that whichH834
HRHSp1csand once inH996
HRHNcmscsorts of wine.H3196
HNcmsaYet for allH5973
HPdxmsI did notH3808
HNcbscof the governorH6346
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