Nehemiah 5:6
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New International Version
When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry.

New Living Translation
When I heard their complaints, I was very angry.

English Standard Version
I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words.

New American Standard Bible
Then I was very angry when I had heard their outcry and these words.

King James Bible
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I became extremely angry when I heard their outcry and these complaints.

International Standard Version
I became very livid when I heard their complaining and these charges.

NET Bible
I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these complaints.

New Heart English Bible
I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I became furious when I heard their complaint and what they had to say.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

New American Standard 1977
Then I was very angry when I had heard their outcry and these words.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

King James 2000 Bible
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

American King James Version
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

American Standard Version
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I was exceedingly angry when I heard their cry according to these words.

Darby Bible Translation
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

English Revised Version
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

World English Bible
I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

Young's Literal Translation
And it is very displeasing to me when I have heard their cry and these words,
Study Bible
Nehemiah Defends the Oppressed
5"Now our flesh is like the flesh of our brothers, our children like their children. Yet behold, we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters are forced into bondage already, and we are helpless because our fields and vineyards belong to others." 6Then I was very angry when I had heard their outcry and these words. 7I consulted with myself and contended with the nobles and the rulers and said to them, "You are exacting usury, each from his brother!" Therefore, I held a great assembly against them.…
Cross References
Exodus 11:8
"All these your servants will come down to me and bow themselves before me, saying, 'Go out, you and all the people who follow you,' and after that I will go out." And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.

Nehemiah 5:7
I consulted with myself and contended with the nobles and the rulers and said to them, "You are exacting usury, each from his brother!" Therefore, I held a great assembly against them.
Treasury of Scripture

And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

Nehemiah 13:8,25 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household …

Exodus 11:8 And all these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves …

Numbers 16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said to the LORD, Respect not you their …

Mark 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved …

Ephesians 4:26 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:

(6) And I was very angry.--Nehemiah, recently arrived, had not known this state of things. The common wailing and the three complaints in which it found expression are distinct.

Verse 6. - I was very angry. It is not clear that the letter of the law was infringed, unless it were in the matter of taking interest (ver. 11), of which the people had not complained. That men might sell their daughters to be concubines or secondary wives is clear from Exodus 21:7; and it is therefore probable that they might sell their sons for servants. But the servitude might only be for six years (Exodus 21:2); and if a jubilee year occurred before the sexennial period was out, the service was ended (Leviticus 25:10). Land too might be either mortgaged or sold (ibid. vers. 14-16), but under the condition that it returned to the seller, or at any rate to his tribe, in the jubilee year (ibid. vers. 10, 13). The spirit, however, of the law - the command, "Ye shall not oppress one another" (ibid. vers. 14, 17) - was transgressed by the proceedings of the rich men. It was their duty in a time of scarcity not to press hard upon their poorer brethren, but freely to alleviate their necessities. Nehemiah, his near relations, and his followers had done so to the utmost of their power (ver. 10, with the comment). The rich men had acted differently, and made all the profit that they could out of the need of their fellow-countrymen. Hence Nehemiah's anger. And I was very angry when I heard their cry, and these words. Their complaint expressed in this manner; it not only raised pity and compassion in his breast towards these poor distressed people, but indignation at the rich that oppressed them. Ne 5:6-19. The Usurers Rebuked.

6-12. I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words—When such disorders came to the knowledge of the governor, his honest indignation was roused against the perpetrators of the evil. Having summoned a public assembly, he denounced their conduct in terms of just severity. He contrasted it with his own in redeeming with his money some of the Jewish exiles who, through debt or otherwise, had lost their personal liberty in Babylon. He urged the rich creditors not only to abandon their illegal and oppressive system of usury, but to restore the fields and vineyards of the poor, so that a remedy might be put to an evil the introduction of which had led to much actual disorder, and the continuance of which would inevitably prove ruinous to the newly restored colony, by violating the fundamental principles of the Hebrew constitution. The remonstrance was effectual. The conscience of the usurious oppressors could not resist the touching and powerful appeal. With mingled emotions of shame, contrition, and fear, they with one voice expressed their readiness to comply with the governor's recommendation. The proceedings were closed by the parties binding themselves by a solemn oath, administered by the priests, that they would redeem their pledge, as well as by the governor invoking, by the solemn and significant gesture of shaking a corner of his garment, a malediction on those who should violate it. The historian has taken care to record that the people did according to this promise.5:6-13 Nehemiah knew that, if he built Jerusalem's walls ever so high, so thick, or so strong, the city could not be safe while there were abuses. The right way to reform men's lives, is to convince their consciences. If you walk in the fear of God, you will not be either covetous of worldly gain, or cruel toward your brethren. Nothing exposes religion more to reproach, than the worldliness and hard-heartedness of the professors of it. Those that rigorously insist upon their right, with a very ill grace try to persuade others to give up theirs. In reasoning with selfish people, it is good to contrast their conduct with that of others who are liberal; but it is best to point to His example, who though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that we, through his poverty, might be rich, 2Co 8:9. They did according to promise. Good promises are good things, but good performances are better.
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