Nehemiah 5:1
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New International Version
Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews.

New Living Translation
About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews.

English Standard Version
Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.

New American Standard Bible
Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.

King James Bible
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was a widespread outcry from the people and their wives against their Jewish countrymen.

International Standard Version
Now the people along with their spouses complained loudly against their fellow Jews,

NET Bible
Then there was a great outcry from the people and their wives against their fellow Jews.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then some of the people, the men and their wives, complained publicly about their Jewish relatives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren, the Jews.

King James 2000 Bible
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

American King James Version
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews.

American Standard Version
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there was a great cry of the people, and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Darby Bible Translation
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

English Revised Version
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

World English Bible
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews.

Young's Literal Translation
And there is a great cry of the people and their wives, concerning their brethren the Jews,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-5 Men prey upon their fellow-creatures: by despising the poor they reproach their Maker. Such conduct is a disgrace to any, but who can sufficiently abhor it when adopted by professing Christians? With compassion for the oppressed, we should lament the hardships which many in the world are groaning under; putting our souls into their souls' stead, and remembering in our prayers and succours those who are burdened. But let those who show no mercy, expect judgment without mercy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - A great cry. Compare ver. 6, where the "cry" is distinguished from the "words." The Oriental habit of shrill lamentation must be borne in mind it is always shrillest when the women have a part in it, as on this occasion. Their wives. Mothers, whose children had been sold into slavery, or who anticipated losing them in this sad way speedily (ver. 5). Their brethren the Jews. i.e. the richer Jews, who had adopted the practice of lending upon pledge.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And there was a great cry of the people, and of their wives,.... Those of the poorer sort:

against their brethren the Jews; the rich that oppressed them; and this cry or complaint was made to Nehemiah for redress.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 5

Ne 5:1-5. The People Complain of Their Debt, Mortgage, and Bondage.

1-5. there was a great cry of the people … against their brethren—Such a crisis in the condition of the Jews in Jerusalem—fatigued with hard labor and harassed by the machinations of restless enemies, the majority of them poor, and the bright visions which hope had painted of pure happiness on their return to the land of their fathers being unrealized—must have been very trying to their faith and patience. But, in addition to these vexatious oppressions, many began to sink under a new and more grievous evil. The poor made loud complaints against the rich for taking advantage of their necessities, and grinding them by usurious exactions. Many of them had, in consequence of these oppressions, been driven to such extremities that they had to mortgage their lands and houses to enable them to pay the taxes to the Persian government, and ultimately even to sell their children for slaves to procure the means of subsistence. The condition of the poorer inhabitants was indeed deplorable; for, besides the deficient harvests caused by the great rains (Ezr 10:9; also Hag 1:6-11), a dearth was now threatened by the enemy keeping such a multitude pent up in the city, and preventing the country people bringing in provisions.

Nehemiah 5:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Nehemiah Defends the Oppressed
1Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. 2For there were those who said, "We, our sons and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain that we may eat and live."…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:35
"'If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.

Deuteronomy 15:7
If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.

Nehemiah 4:23
Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.

Jeremiah 34:8
The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom for the slaves.

Ezekiel 45:9
"'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have gone far enough, princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews.

a great cry

Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people …

Exodus 22:25-27 If you lend money to any of my people that is poor by you, you shall …

Job 31:38,39 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain…

Job 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to him, and he hears …

Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and …

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, …

their brethren

Leviticus 25:35-37 And if your brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with you; …

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any …

Acts 7:26 And the next day he showed himself to them as they strove, and would …

1 Corinthians 6:6-8 But brother goes to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers…

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