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Nehemiah 5

MSG 1 A great protest was mounted by the people, including the wives, against their fellow Jews. NIV 1 Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews. MSG 2 Some said, "We have big families, and we need food just to survive." 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.” MSG 3 Others said, "We're having to mortgage our fields and vineyards and homes to get enough grain to keep from starving." NIV 3 Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine.” MSG 4 And others said, "We're having to borrow money to pay the royal tax 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. MSG 5 Look: We're the same flesh and blood as our brothers here; our children are just as good as theirs. Yet here we are having to sell our children off as slaves - some of our daughters have already been sold - and we can't do anything about it because our fields and vineyards are owned by somebody else." 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.” MSG 6 I got really angry when I heard their protest and complaints. NIV 6 When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry. MSG 7 After thinking it over, I called the nobles and officials on the carpet. I said, "Each one of you is gouging his brother." 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 MSG 8 I told them, "We did everything we could to buy back our Jewish brothers who had to sell themselves as slaves to foreigners. And now you're selling these same brothers back into debt slavery! Does that mean that we have to buy them back again?" They said nothing. What could they say? 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. MSG 9 "What you're doing is wrong. Is there no fear of God left in you? Don't you care what the nations around here, our enemies, think of you? 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? MSG 10 "I and my brothers and the people working for me have also loaned them money. But this gouging them with interest has to stop. NIV 10 I and my brothers and my men are also lending the people money and grain. But let us stop charging interest! MSG 11 Give them back their foreclosed fields, vineyards, olive groves, and homes right now. And forgive your claims on their money, grain, new wine, and olive oil." 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.” MSG 12 They said, "We'll give it all back. We won't make any more demands on them. We'll do everything you say." 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. MSG 13 Then I emptied my pockets, turning them inside out, and said, "So may God empty the pockets and house of everyone who doesn't keep this promise - turned inside out and emptied." Everyone gave a wholehearted "Yes, we'll do it!" and praised God. And the people did what they promised. "Remember in My Favor, O My God" 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. MSG 14 From the time King Artaxerxes appointed me as their governor in the land of Judah - from the twentieth to the thirty-second year of his reign, twelve years - neither I nor my brothers used 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. MSG 15 Governors who had preceded me had oppressed the people by taxing them forty shekels of silver (about a pound) a day for food and wine while their underlings bullied the people unmercifully. But out of fear of God I did none of that. 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. MSG 16 I had work to do; I worked on this wall. All my men were on the job to do the work. We didn't have time to line our own pockets. 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. MSG 17 I fed one hundred and fifty Jews and officials at my table in addition to those who showed up 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. MSG 18 One ox, six choice sheep, and some chickens were prepared for me daily, and every ten days a large supply of wine was delivered. Even so, I didn't use the food allowance provided for the governor - the people had it hard enough as it was. 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. MSG 19 Remember in my favor, O my God, Everything I've done for these people. NIV 19 Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.

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