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 Nehemiah 5:1 - 13
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   Book of Nehemiah
   Chapter 5
5:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their Jewish brothers.
 
5:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Some were saying, "We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain."
 
5:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Others were saying, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine."
 
5:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Still others were saying, "We have had to borrow money to pay the king's tax on our fields and vineyards.
 
5:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our countrymen and though our sons are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others."
 
5:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry.
 
5:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I told them, "You are exacting usury from your own countrymen!" So I called together a large meeting to deal with them
 
5:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and said: "As far as possible, we have bought back our Jewish brothers who were sold to the Gentiles. Now you are selling your brothers, only for them to be sold back to us!" They kept quiet, because they could find nothing to say.
 
5:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So I continued, "What you are doing is not right. Shouldn't you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our Gentile enemies?
 
5:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I and my brothers and my men are also lending the people money and grain. But let the exacting of usury stop!
 
5:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the usury you are charging them - the hundredth part of the money, grain, new wine and oil."
 
5:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"We will give it back," they said. "And we will not demand anything more from them. We will do as you say." Then I summoned the priests and made the nobles and officials take an oath to do what they had promised.
 
5:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I also shook out the folds of my robe and said, "In this way may God shake out of his house and possessions every man who does not keep this promise. So may such a man be shaken out and emptied!" At this the whole assembly said, "Amen," and praised the LORD. And the people did as they had promised.
 
 

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