New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Nehemiah 5:1–5

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Usury Abolished

1 Now athere was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their bJewish brothers.

2 For there were those who said, “We, our sons and our daughters are many; therefore let us aget grain that we may eat and live.”

3 There were others who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses that we might get grain because of the famine.”

4 Also there were those who said, “We have borrowed money afor the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards.

5 “Now aour flesh is like the flesh of our brothers, our children like their children. Yet behold, bwe are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters are forced into bondage already, and 1we are helpless because our fields and vineyards belong to others.”

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