Nehemiah 5:1-5 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish kin. 1 Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their Jewish brothers.
2 For there were those who said, "With our sons and our daughters, we are many; we must get grain, so that we may eat and stay alive." 2 Some were saying, "We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain."
3 There were also those who said, "We are having to pledge our fields, our vineyards, and our houses in order to get grain during the famine." 3 Others were saying, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine."
4 And there were those who said, "We are having to borrow money on our fields and vineyards to pay the king's tax. 4 Still others were saying, "We have had to borrow money to pay the king's tax on our fields and vineyards.
5 Now our flesh is the same as that of our kindred; our children are the same as their children; and yet we are forcing our sons and daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been ravished; we are powerless, and our fields and vineyards now belong to others." 5 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."