Nehemiah 5:4

4 Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards.

Read Nehemiah 5:4 Using Other Translations

There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.
And there were those who said, "We have borrowed money for the king's tax on our fields and our vineyards.
And others said, “We have had to borrow money on our fields and vineyards to pay our taxes.

What does Nehemiah 5:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Nehemiah 5:4

There were also that said
Who though they were able to buy corn for their families without mortgaging their estates: yet, say they,

we have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands
and vineyards;
for though the priests, Levites, and Nethinims, were exempted from it, yet not the people in common; and some of these were so poor, that they could not pay it without borrowing upon their estates, and paying large usury for it, see ( Ezra 6:8 ) ( 7:24 )

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