About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews.
They were saying, "We have such large families. We need more money just so we can buy the food we need to survive."
Others said, "We have mortgaged our fields, vineyards, and homes to get food during the famine."
And others said, "We have already borrowed to the limit on our fields and vineyards to pay our taxes.
We belong to the same family, and our children are just like theirs. Yet we must sell our children into slavery just to get enough money to live. We have already sold some of our daughters, and we are helpless to do anything about it, for our fields and vineyards are already mortgaged to others."