Nehemiah 5:7

5:7 I considered these things carefully and then registered a complaint with the wealthy and the officials. I said to them, “Each one of you is seizing the collateral from your own countrymen!” Because of them I called for a great public assembly.

Nehemiah 5:10

5:10 Even I and my relatives and my associates are lending them money and grain. But let us abandon this practice of seizing collateral!

Nehemiah 10:32

10:32 We accept responsibility for fulfilling the commands to give 10  one third of a shekel each year for the work of the temple 11  of our God,

tn Heb “my heart was advised upon me.”

tn Heb “nobles.”

tn Heb “taking a creditor’s debt.” The Hebrew noun מַשָּׁא (masha’) means “interest; debt” and probably refers to the collateral (pledge) collected by a creditor (HALOT 641-42 s.v.). This particular noun form appears only in Nehemiah (5:7, 10; 10:32); however, it is related to מַשָּׁאָה (mashaah, “contractual loan; debt; collateral”) which appears elsewhere (Deut 24:10; Prov 22:26; cf. Neh 5:11). See the note on the word “people” at the end of v. 5. The BHS editors suggest emending the MT to מָשָׂא (masa’, “burden”), following several medieval Hebrew MSS; however, the result is not entirely clear: “you are bearing a burden, a man with his brothers.”

tn Heb “his brothers.”

tn Heb “I gave.”

tn Heb “brothers.”

tn Heb “lads.”

tn Heb “this debt.” This expression is a metonymy of association: “debt” refers to the seizure of the collateral of the debt.

tn Heb “cause to stand on us.”

10 tc The MT reads “to give upon us.” However, the term עָלֵינוּ (’alenu, “upon us”) should probably be deleted, following a few medieval Hebrew MSS, the Syriac Peshitta, and the Vulgate.

11 tn Heb “house” (also in vv. 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39).