Bible: Neh 5:1-5

Nehemiah Intervenes on behalf of the Oppressed

5:1 Then there was a great outcry from the people and their wives against their fellow Jews. 1  5:2 There were those who said, “With our sons and daughters, we are many. We must obtain 2  grain in order to eat and stay alive.” 5:3 There were others who said, “We are putting up our fields, our vineyards, and our houses as collateral in order to obtain grain during the famine.” 5:4 Then there were those who said, “We have borrowed money to pay our taxes to the king 3  on our fields and our vineyards. 5:5 And now, though we share the same flesh and blood as our fellow countrymen, 4  and our children are just like their children, 5  still we have found it necessary to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. 6  Some of our daughters have been subjected to slavery, while we are powerless to help, 7  since our fields and vineyards now belong to other people.” 8 

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