1 H1419 And there was a great H6818 cry H5971 of the people H802 and of their wives H251 against their brothers H3064 the Jews.
2 H3426 For there were H559 that said, H1121 We, our sons, H1323 and our daughters, H7227 are many: H3947 therefore we take up H1715 corn H398 for them, that we may eat, H2421 and live.
3 H3426 Some also there were H559 that said, H6148 We have mortgaged H7704 our lands, H3754 vineyards, H1004 and houses, H3947 that we might buy H1715 corn, H7458 because of the famine.
4 H3426 There were H559 also that said, H3867 We have borrowed H3701 money H4428 for the king's H4060 tribute, H7704 and that upon our lands H3754 and vineyards.
5 H1320 Yet now our flesh H1320 is as the flesh H251 of our brothers, H1121 our sons H1121 as their sons: H3533 and, behold, we bring into bondage H1121 our sons H1323 and our daughters H5650 to be servants, H1323 and some of our daughters H3426 are H3533 brought unto bondage H410 already: neither is it in our power H312 to redeem them; for other men H7704 have our lands H3754 and vineyards.
7 H4427 Then I consulted H3820 with myself, H7378 and I rebuked H2715 the nobles, H5461 and the rulers, H559 and said H5383 unto them, You exact H4855 usury, H376 every one H251 of his brother. H5414 And I set H1419 a great H6952 assembly against them.
8 H559 And I said H1767 unto them, We after our ability H7069 have redeemed H251 our brothers H3064 the Jews, H4376 which were sold H1471 unto the heathen; H4376 and will you even sell H251 your brothers? H4376 or shall they be sold H2790 unto us? Then held they their peace, H4672 and found H1697 nothing to answer.
9 H559 Also I said, H2896 It is not good H1697 that H6213 you do: H3212 should you not walk H3374 in the fear H430 of our God H2781 because of the reproach H1471 of the heathen H341 our enemies?
10 H251 I likewise, and my brothers, H5288 and my servants, H5383 might lend H3701 them money H1715 and corn: H5800 I pray you, let us leave off H4855 this usury.
11 H7725 Restore, H3117 I pray you, to them, even this day, H7704 their lands, H3754 their vineyards, H2132 their oliveyards, H1004 and their houses, H3967 also the hundredth H3701 part of the money, H1715 and of the corn, H8492 the wine, H3323 and the oil, H5383 that you exact of them.
12 H559 Then said H7725 they, We will restore H1245 them, and will require H6213 nothing of them; so will we do H559 as you say. H7121 Then I called H3548 the priests, H7650 and took an oath H6213 of them, that they should do H1697 according to this promise.
13 H5287 Also I shook H2684 my lap, H559 and said, H430 So God H5287 shake out H376 every man H1004 from his house, H3018 and from his labor, H6965 that performs H1697 not this promise, H5287 even thus be he shaken out, H7386 and emptied. H6951 And all the congregation H559 said, H543 Amen, H1984 and praised H3068 the Lord. H5971 And the people H6213 did H1697 according to this promise.
14 H3117 Moreover from the time H6680 that I was appointed H6346 to be their governor H776 in the land H3063 of Judah, H6242 from the twentieth H8141 year H8147 even unto the two H7970 and thirtieth H8141 year H783 of Artaxerxes H4428 the king, H8147 that is, twelve H8141 years, H251 I and my brothers H398 have not eaten H3899 the bread H6346 of the governor.
15 H7223 But the former H6346 governors H6440 that had been before H3513 me were chargeable H5971 unto the people, H3947 and had taken H3899 of them bread H3196 and wine, H310 beside H705 forty H8255 shekels H3701 of silver; H1571 Yes, even H5288 their servants H7980 bore rule H5971 over the people: H6213 but so did H6440 not I, because H3374 of the fear H430 of God.
16 H2388 Yes, also I continued H4399 in the work H2346 of this wall, H7069 neither bought H7704 we any land: H5288 and all my servants H6908 were gathered H4399 there unto the work.
17 H7979 Moreover there were at my table H3967 a hundred H2572 and fifty H3064 of the Jews H5461 and rulers, H935 beside those that came H1471 unto us from among the heathen H5439 that are about us.
18 H6213 Now that which was prepared H3117 for me daily H259 was one H7794 ox H8337 and six H1305 choice H6629 sheep; H6833 also birds H6213 were prepared H6235 for me, and once in ten H3117 days H7235 store H3196 of all sorts of wine: H5973 yet for all H1245 this required H3899 not I the bread H6346 of the governor, H5656 because the bondage H3513 was heavy H5971 upon this people.