Nehemiah 5:2
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New American Standard Bible
For there were those who said, "We, our sons and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain that we may eat and live."

King James Bible
For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live.

Darby Bible Translation
And there were that said, We, our sons and our daughters, are many, and we must procure corn that we may eat and live.

World English Bible
For there were that said, "We, our sons and our daughters, are many. Let us get grain, that we may eat and live."

Young's Literal Translation
yea, there are who are saying, 'Our sons, and our daughters, we -- are many, and we receive corn, and eat, and live.'

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Are many - A slight emendation brings this verse into exact parallelism with the next, and gives the sense - "We have pledged our sons and our daughters, that we might get corn, and eat and live." Compare Nehemiah 5:5.

Nehemiah 5:2 Parallel Commentaries

Library
The Last Days of the Old Eastern World
The Median wars--The last native dynasties of Egypt--The Eastern world on the eve of the Macedonian conquest. [Drawn by Boudier, from one of the sarcophagi of Sidon, now in the Museum of St. Irene. The vignette, which is by Faucher-Gudin, represents the sitting cyno-cephalus of Nectanebo I., now in the Egyptian Museum at the Vatican.] Darius appears to have formed this project of conquest immediately after his first victories, when his initial attempts to institute satrapies had taught him not
G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 9

Cross References
Deuteronomy 23:19
"You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.

2 Kings 4:1
Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves."

Nehemiah 5:3
There were others who said, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses that we might get grain because of the famine."

Haggai 1:6
"You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes."

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