Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their Jewish brothers.
Some were saying, "We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain."
Others were saying, "We are mortgaging our fields,1 our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine."24
Still others were saying, "We have had to borrow money to pay the king's tax3 on our fields and vineyards.
Although we are of the same flesh and blood4 as our countrymen and though our sons are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery.5 Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others."6