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Nehemiah 5:1-5 (New American Standard)

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Usury Abolished

1 Now 1there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their 2Jewish brothers. 2 For there were those who said, "We, our sons and our daughters are many; therefore let us 3get grain that we may eat and live." 3 There were others who said, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses that we might get grain because of the famine." 4 Also there were those who said, "We have borrowed money 4for the king's tax on our fields and our vineyards. 5 "Now 5our flesh is like the flesh of our brothers, our children like their children. Yet behold, 6we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters are forced into bondage already, and awe are helpless because our fields and vineyards belong to others."
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