Then I was very1angrywhen I had heard their outcry and thesewords.
I consulted with myself and contended with the nobles and the rulers and said to them, "2You are exactingusury, each from his brother!" Therefore, I held a greatassemblyagainst them.
I said to them, "We according to our ability3have aredeemed our Jewishbrothers who were sold to the nations; now would you evensell your brothers that they may be sold to us?" Then they were silent and could not find a word to say.
Again I said, "The thingwhich you are doing is not good; should you not walk in the fear of our Godbecause of 4the reproach of the nations, our enemies?
"And likewise I, my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Please, let us leave off thisusury.
11"Please, giveback to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olivegroves and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money and of the grain, the newwine and the oil that you are exacting from them."
Then they said, "We 5will give it back and 6will requirenothing from them; we will doexactly as you say." So I called the priests and 7took an oath from them that they would do according to thisbpromise.
I 8alsoshook out the cfront of my garment and said, "Thus may Godshake out everyman from his house and from his possessionswho does not fulfillthisdpromise; even thus may he be shaken out and emptied." And 9all the assemblysaid, "Amen!" And they praised the LORD. Then the peopledid according to thisepromise.