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Nehemiah 5

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

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.

3  Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.

4  There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.

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 unto bondage already: neither is it in our power 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  Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

8  And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

9  Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

10  I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.



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