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Nehemiah 5

GW 1 Then some of the people, the men and their wives, complained publicly about their Jewish relatives. NIV 1 Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews. GW 2 Some of them said, "We have large families! We need some grain [if we are going] to eat and stay alive." NIV 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.” GW 3 Others said, "We've had to mortgage our fields, our vineyards, and our homes in order to get some grain because of this famine." NIV 3 Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine.” GW 4 Others said, "We've had to borrow money to pay the king's taxes on our fields and vineyards. NIV 4 Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards. GW 5 We have the same flesh and blood as our relatives. Our children are just like theirs. Yet, we have to force our sons and daughters to become slaves. Some of our daughters have already become slaves. But we can't do anything else when our fields and vineyards belong to others." NIV 5 Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our fellow Jews and though our children 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.” GW 6 I became furious when I heard their complaint and what they had to say. NIV 6 When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry. GW 7 After thinking it over, I confronted the nobles and the leaders. I told them, "You are charging interest on loans made to your own relatives." I arranged for a large meeting to deal with them. NIV 7 I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I told them, “You are charging your own people interest!” So I called together a large meeting to deal with them GW 8 Then I told them, "We have done our best to buy back our Jewish relatives who had been sold to other nations. Now you are selling your Jewish relatives so that we have to buy them back again!" They were unable to say anything. NIV 8 and said: “As far as possible, we have bought back our fellow Jews who were sold to the Gentiles. Now you are selling your own people, only for them to be sold back to us!” They kept quiet, because they could find nothing to say. GW 9 I added, "What you're doing is wrong. Shouldn't you live in the fear of our God to keep our enemies from ridiculing us? NIV 9 So I continued, “What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our Gentile enemies? GW 10 My brothers, my servants, and I are lending money and grain to the poor. But we must stop charging them interest. NIV 10 I and my brothers and my men are also lending the people money and grain. But let us stop charging interest! GW 11 You must return their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their homes today. Also, you must return the interest on the money, grain, new wine, and olive oil you've been charging them." NIV 11 Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the interest you are charging them—one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil.” GW 12 They responded, "We'll return it and not try to get it from them [again]. We'll do what you say." Then I called the priests and made them swear to do what they promised. NIV 12 “We will give it back,” they said. “And we will not demand anything more from them. We will do as you say.” Then I summoned the priests and made the nobles and officials take an oath to do what they had promised. GW 13 I brushed off my clothes and said, "In the same way, may God brush off from home and work everyone who refuses to keep this promise. In the same way, may everyone be brushed off and left with nothing." Then the whole congregation said amen and praised the LORD. The people did what they had promised. NIV 13 I also shook out the folds of my robe and said, “In this way may God shake out of their house and possessions anyone who does not keep this promise. So may such a person be shaken out and emptied!” At this the whole assembly said, “Amen,” and praised the LORD. And the people did as they had promised. GW 14 During the 12 years that I was governor of Judah, from the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes' reign to the thirty-second year of his reign, my brothers and I never ate any food that was paid for by the governor's food allowance. NIV 14 Moreover, from the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, until his thirty-second year—twelve years—neither I nor my brothers ate the food allotted to the governor. GW 15 Those who were governors before me had made life difficult for the people by taking from them food and wine plus one pound of silver. Even the governors' servants took advantage of their power over the people. But I didn't do that, because I feared God. NIV 15 But the earlier governors—those preceding me—placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that. GW 16 Instead, I put my best effort into the work on this wall, and we bought no land. All my men gathered here for work. NIV 16 Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we did not acquire any land. GW 17 I fed 150 Jewish leaders and their people who came to us from the surrounding nations. NIV 17 Furthermore, a hundred and fifty Jews and officials ate at my table, as well as those who came to us from the surrounding nations. GW 18 Preparing one ox and six choice sheep was necessary every day. Poultry was prepared for me. Once every ten days a supply of wine was ordered. Yet, in spite of all this, I never demanded anything from the governor's food allowance, because these people were already carrying a heavy load. NIV 18 Each day one ox, six choice sheep and some poultry were prepared for me, and every ten days an abundant supply of wine of all kinds. In spite of all this, I never demanded the food allotted to the governor, because the demands were heavy on these people. GW 19 Remember me, my God. Consider everything that I have done for these people. NIV 19 Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.

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