Nehemiah 5 ©
The people complain of their debts, which had compelled them to mortgage their lands, and sell their children into bondage. Nehemiah rebuketh the usurers, and causeth them to swear to make a full and free restitution. He refuseth the governor's usual allowance, and keepeth up hospitality at his own expense.
There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's dtribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.
Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, ewe bring into bondage our sons and our fdaughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already : neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.
Then 2I consulted with myself, and hI rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, iYe exact *usury, every one of his brother. And jI set a great assembly against them.
I plikewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this *usury.
Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them.
Also I shook my slap, and said, So God tshake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and 3emptied. And all the congregation said, uAmen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise.
¶Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the vtwentieth year even unto the wtwo and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the xbread of the governor.
But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, ybecause of the fear of God.