Nehemiah 5:9
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New International Version
So I continued, "What you are doing is not right. Shouldn't you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our Gentile enemies?

New Living Translation
Then I pressed further, "What you are doing is not right! Should you not walk in the fear of our God in order to avoid being mocked by enemy nations?

English Standard Version
So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies?

Berean Study Bible
So I continued, “What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our foreign enemies?

New American Standard Bible
Again I said, "The thing which you are doing is not good; should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?

King James Bible
Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

Christian Standard Bible
Then I said, "What you are doing isn't right. Shouldn't you walk in the fear of our God and not invite the reproach of our foreign enemies?

Contemporary English Version
I continued, "What you have done is wrong! We must honor our God by the way we live, so the Gentiles can't find fault with us.

Good News Translation
Then I said, "What you are doing is wrong! You ought to obey God and do what's right. Then you would not give our enemies, the Gentiles, any reason to ridicule us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then I said, "What you are doing isn't right. Shouldn't you walk in the fear of our God and not invite the reproach of our foreign enemies?

International Standard Version
So I said, "What you're doing isn't right! Shouldn't you live in the fear of our God to avoid shame from our foreign enemies?

NET Bible
Then I said, "The thing that you are doing is wrong! Should you not conduct yourselves in the fear of our God in order to avoid the reproach of the Gentiles who are our enemies?

New Heart English Bible
Also I said, "The thing that you do is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God, because of the reproach of the nations our enemies?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I added, "What you're doing is wrong. Shouldn't you live in the fear of our God to keep our enemies from ridiculing us?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Also I said: 'The thing that ye do is not good; ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God, because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

New American Standard 1977
Again I said, “The thing which you are doing is not good; should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Also I said, What you do is not good, do you not walk in the fear of our God, that ye not be the reproach of our enemies the Gentiles?

King James 2000 Bible
Also I said, It is not good what you do: ought you not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations our enemies?

American King James Version
Also I said, It is not good that you do: ought you not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

American Standard Version
Also I said, The thing that ye do is not good: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God, because of the reproach of the nations our enemies?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said to them: The thing you do is not good: why walk you not in the fear of our God, that we be not exposed to the reproaches of the Gentiles our enemies?

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, The thing that ye do is not good. Ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God, so as not to be the reproach of the nations our enemies?

English Revised Version
Also I said, The thing that ye do is not good: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God, because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

Webster's Bible Translation
Also I said, That is not good which ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

World English Bible
Also I said, "The thing that you do is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God, because of the reproach of the nations our enemies?

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Not good is the thing that ye are doing; in the fear of our God do ye not walk, because of the reproach of the nations our enemies?
Study Bible
Nehemiah Defends the Oppressed
8and said, “We have done our best to buy back our Jewish brothers who were sold to foreigners, but now you are selling your own brothers, that they may be sold back to us!” But they remained silent, for they could find nothing to say. 9So I continued, “What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our foreign enemies? 10I, as well as my brothers and my servants, have been lending the people money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 4:4
Hear us, O God, for we are despised. Turn their scorn back upon their own heads, and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity.

Nehemiah 5:10
I, as well as my brothers and my servants, have been lending the people money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury.

Nehemiah 5:15
The governors before me had heavily burdened the people, taking from them bread and wine plus forty shekels of silver. Their servants also oppressed the people, but I did not do this because of my fear of God.

Psalm 90:11
Who knows the power of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear You are due.

Treasury of Scripture

Also I said, It is not good that you do: ought you not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

It is not

1 Samuel 2:24 No, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: you make the LORD's …

Proverbs 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him into the way that is not good.

Proverbs 17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

Proverbs 18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the …

Proverbs 19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he …

Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect …

walk

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable …

Genesis 20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not …

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

Leviticus 25:36 Take you no usury of him, or increase: but fear your God; that your …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

reproach

Genesis 13:7,8 And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and …

2 Samuel 12:14 However,, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the …

Ezekiel 36:20 And when they entered to the heathen, where they went, they profaned …

Romans 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, …

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…

Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

(9) Because of the reproach.--The text of another strong argument used in the assembly. We learn in Nehemiah 6 how watchful the heathen were: all matters were reported to them, and every act of oppression would become a reproach against the God of the Jews.

Verse 9. - Also I said. To silence the nobles was not enough. To shame them was not enough. What was wanted was to persuade them. Nehemiah therefore continued his address. It is not good that ye do. It is not good in itself, apart from any contrast with what I have been doing. Ought ye not to walk - or, literally, "will ye not walk"- in the fear of our God? Will ye not really, "fear God and keep his commandments, not in the letter only, but in the spirit? Will ye not cease to oppress your brethren? Will ye not deal kindly and gently with them? Because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies. If the mere fear of God, the desire to escape his displeasure and win his approval, is not enough, will not the thought of the light in which you will appear to the heathen influence you? You make a profession of religion; you claim to be actuated by high motives; to be merciful, compassionate, and self-denying. If they see you as keen after gain as any of themselves, as regardless of others, as pitiless and oppressive, what a reproach will not this bring on your religion! What a proof will it not seem to be that you are no better than your neighbours, and your religion, therefore, no whit superior to theirs! Also I said, it is not good that ye do,.... The meaning is, that it was very bad; it is a "meiosis", by which more is intended than is expressed:

ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God; in reverence of him and his law, and according to that:

because of the reproach of the Heathen our enemies? whose mouths will be open to reproach the true religion, and the good ways of God; and say, these are the men that pretend to fear God, and serve him, and yet break his law, and use their brethren ill, see Romans 2:24. 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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