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Nehemiah 5:1-18

And there was a great
<01419>
cry
<06818>
of the people
<05971>
and of their wives
<0802>
against their brethren
<0251>
the Jews
<03064>_.
For there were
<03426>
that said
<0559> (8802)_,
We, our sons
<01121>_,
and our daughters
<01323>_,
[are] many
<07227>_:
therefore we take up
<03947> (8799)
corn
<01715>
[for them], that we may eat
<0398> (8799)_,
and live
<02421> (8799)_.
[Some] also there were
<03426>
that said
<0559> (8802)_,
We have mortgaged
<06148> (8802)
our lands
<07704>_,
vineyards
<03754>_,
and houses
<01004>_,
that we might buy
<03947> (8799)
corn
<01715>_,
because of the dearth
<07458>_.
There were
<03426>
also that said
<0559> (8802)_,
We have borrowed
<03867> (8804)
money
<03701>
for the king's
<04428>
tribute
<04060>_,
[and that upon] our lands
<07704>
and vineyards
<03754>_.
Yet now our flesh
<01320>
[is] as the flesh
<01320>
of our brethren
<0251>_,
our children
<01121>
as their children
<01121>_:
and, lo, we bring into bondage
<03533> (8802)
our sons
<01121>
and our daughters
<01323>
to be servants
<05650>_,
and [some] of our daughters
<01323>
are
<03426>
brought unto bondage
<03533> (8737)
[already]: neither [is it] in our power
<0410> <03027>
[to redeem them]; for other men
<0312>
have our lands
<07704>
and vineyards
<03754>_.
And I was very
<03966>
angry
<02734> (8799)
when I heard
<08085> (8804)
their cry
<02201>
and these words
<01697>_.
Then I consulted
<04427> (8735)
with myself
<03820>_,
and I rebuked
<07378> (8799)
the nobles
<02715>_,
and the rulers
<05461>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Ye exact
<05378> (8801) (8678) <05383> (8802) (8675) <05375> (8802)
usury
<04855>_,
every one
<0376>
of his brother
<0251>_.
And I set
<05414> (8799)
a great
<01419>
assembly
<06952>
against them. {I consulted...: Heb. my heart consulted in me}
And I said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, We after our ability
<01767>
have redeemed
<07069> (8804)
our brethren
<0251>
the Jews
<03064>_,
which were sold
<04376> (8737)
unto the heathen
<01471>_;
and will ye even sell
<04376> (8799)
your brethren
<0251>_?
or shall they be sold
<04376> (8738)
unto us? Then held they their peace
<02790> (8686)_,
and found
<04672> (8804)
nothing
<01697>
[to answer].
Also I said
<0559> (8799)_,
It [is] not good
<02896>
that
<01697>
ye do
<06213> (8802)_:
ought ye not to walk
<03212> (8799)
in the fear
<03374>
of our God
<0430>
because of the reproach
<02781>
of the heathen
<01471>
our enemies
<0341> (8802)_?
I likewise, [and] my brethren
<0251>_,
and my servants
<05288>_,
might exact
<05383> (8802)
of them money
<03701>
and corn
<01715>_:
I pray you, let us leave off
<05800> (8799)
this usury
<04855>_.
Restore
<07725> (8685)_,
I pray you, to them, even this day
<03117>_,
their lands
<07704>_,
their vineyards
<03754>_,
their oliveyards
<02132>_,
and their houses
<01004>_,
also the hundredth
<03967>
[part] of the money
<03701>_,
and of the corn
<01715>_,
the wine
<08492>_,
and the oil
<03323>_,
that ye exact
<05383> (8802)
of them.
Then said
<0559> (8799)
they, We will restore
<07725> (8686)
[them], and will require
<01245> (8762)
nothing of them; so will we do
<06213> (8799)
as thou sayest
<0559> (8802)_.
Then I called
<07121> (8799)
the priests
<03548>_,
and took an oath
<07650> (8686)
of them, that they should do
<06213> (8800)
according to this promise
<01697>_.
Also I shook
<05287> (8804)
my lap
<02684>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
So God
<0430>
shake out
<05287> (8762)
every man
<0376>
from his house
<01004>_,
and from his labour
<03018>_,
that performeth
<06965> (8686)
not this promise
<01697>_,
even thus be he shaken out
<05287> (8803)_,
and emptied
<07386>_.
And all the congregation
<06951>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
Amen
<0543>_,
and praised
<01984> (8762)
the LORD
<03068>_.
And the people
<05971>
did
<06213> (8799)
according to this promise
<01697>_.
{emptied: Heb. empty, or, void}
Moreover from the time
<03117>
that I was appointed
<06680> (8765)
to be their governor
<06346>
in the land
<0776>
of Judah
<03063>_,
from the twentieth
<06242>
year
<08141>
even unto the two
<08147>
and thirtieth
<07970>
year
<08141>
of Artaxerxes
<0783>
the king
<04428>_,
[that is], twelve
<08147> <06240>
years
<08141>_,
I and my brethren
<0251>
have not eaten
<0398> (8804)
the bread
<03899>
of the governor
<06346>_.
But the former
<07223>
governors
<06346>
that [had been] before
<06440>
me were chargeable
<03513> (8689)
unto the people
<05971>_,
and had taken
<03947> (8799)
of them bread
<03899>
and wine
<03196>_,
beside
<0310>
forty
<0705>
shekels
<08255>
of silver
<03701>_;
yea, even
<01571>
their servants
<05288>
bare rule
<07980> (8804)
over the people
<05971>_:
but so did
<06213> (8804)
not I, because
<06440>
of the fear
<03374>
of God
<0430>_.
Yea, also I continued
<02388> (8689)
in the work
<04399>
of this wall
<02346>_,
neither bought
<07069> (8804)
we any land
<07704>_:
and all my servants
<05288>
[were] gathered
<06908> (8803)
thither unto the work
<04399>_.
Moreover [there were] at my table
<07979>
an hundred
<03967>
and fifty
<02572> <0376>
of the Jews
<03064>
and rulers
<05461>_,
beside those that came
<0935> (8802)
unto us from among the heathen
<01471>
that [are] about us
<05439>_.
Now [that] which was prepared
<06213> (8737)
[for me] daily
<03117>
[was] one
<0259>
ox
<07794>
[and] six
<08337>
choice
<01305> (8803)
sheep
<06629>_;
also fowls
<06833>
were prepared
<06213> (8738)
for me, and once in ten
<06235>
days
<03117>
store
<07235> (8687)
of all sorts of wine
<03196>_:
yet for all
<05973>
this required
<01245> (8765)
not I the bread
<03899>
of the governor
<06346>_,
because the bondage
<05656>
was heavy
<03513> (8804)
upon this people
<05971>_.


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