Nehemiah 5:1-5

JPS_ASV_Byz(i) 1 Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews. 2 For there were that said: 'We, our sons and our daughters, are many; let us get for them corn, that we may eat and live.' 3 Some also there were that said: 'We are mortgaging our fields, and our vineyards, and our houses; let us get corn, because of the dearth.' 4 There were also that said: 'We have borrowed money for the king's tribute upon our fields and our vineyards. 5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought into bondage already; neither is it in our power to help it; for other men have our fields and our vineyards.'