Nehemiah 5

5:1 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives
 against their brethren the Jews.
5:2 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters,
 [are] many: therefore we take up corn [for them], that we may
 eat, and live.
5:3 [Some] also there were that said, We have mortgaged our
 lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because
 of the dearth.
5:4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the
 king's tribute, [and that upon] our lands and vineyards.
5:5 Yet now our flesh [is] as the flesh of our brethren, our
 children as their children: and lo, we bring into bondage our
 sons and our daughters to be servants, and [some] of our
 daughters are brought to bondage [already]: neither [is it] in
 our power [to redeem them]; for other men have our lands and
5:6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
5:7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and
 the rulers, and said to them, Ye exact interest, every one of
 his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
5:8 And I said to them, We after our ability have redeemed our
 brethren the Jews, who were sold to the heathen; and will ye
 even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold to us? Then they
 held their peace, and found nothing [to answer].
5:9 Also I said, That [is] not good which ye do: ought ye not to
 walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the
 heathen our enemies?
5:10 I likewise, my brethren, and my servants, might exact of
 them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.
5:11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands,
 their vineyards, their olive-yards, and their houses, also the
 hundredth [part] of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and
 the oil, that ye exact of them.
5:12 Then said they, We will restore [them], and will require
 nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called
 the priests, and took an oath of them, that they would do
 according to this promise.
5:13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man
 from his house, and from his labor, that performeth not this
 promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the
 congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people
 did according to this promise.
5:14 Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their
 governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even to
 the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that is],
 twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the
5:15 But the former governors, that [had been] before me were
 chargeable to the people, and had taken of them bread and wine,
 besides forty shekels of silver; yes, even their servants bore
 rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of
5:16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither
 bought we any land: and all my servants [were] gathered thither
 to the work.
5:17 Moreover, [there were] at my table a hundred and fifty of
 the Jews and rulers, besides those that came to us from among
 the heathen that [were] about us.
5:18 Now [that] which was prepared [for me] daily [was] one ox
 [and] six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and
 once in ten days an abundance of all sorts of wine: yet for all
 this I required not the bread of the governor, because the
 bondage was heavy upon this people.
5:19 Think upon me, my God, for good, [according] to all that I
 have done for this people.

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