The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleNehemiah 5:9
Also I said, it is not good that ye do…
The meaning is,
that it was very bad; it is a "meiosis", by which more is intended than
ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God;
in reverence of him and
his law, and according to that:
because of the reproach of the Heathen our enemies?
whose mouths will
be open to reproach the true religion, and the good ways of God; and say,
these are the men that pretend to fear God, and serve him, and yet
break his law, and use their brethren ill, see (Romans 2:24) .