Nehemiah 5:2
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New International Version
Some were saying, "We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain."

New Living Translation
They were saying, "We have such large families. We need more food to survive."

English Standard Version
For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain, that we may eat and keep alive.”

Berean Study Bible
Some were saying, “We and our sons and daughters are numerous. We must get grain to eat and live.”

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.

Christian Standard Bible
Some were saying, "We, our sons, and our daughters are numerous. Let us get grain so that we can eat and live."

Contemporary English Version
and said, "We have large families, and it takes a lot of grain merely to keep us alive."

Good News Translation
Some said, "We have large families, we need grain to keep us alive."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Some were saying, "We, our sons, and our daughters are numerous. Let us get grain so that we can eat and live."

International Standard Version
because certain of them kept claiming, "Since we have so many sons and daughters, we must get some grain so we can eat and survive."

NET Bible
There were those who said, "With our sons and daughters, we are many. We must obtain grain in order to eat and stay alive."

New Heart 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."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some of them said, "We have large families! We need some grain [if we are going] to eat and stay alive."

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.'

New American Standard 1977
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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For there were some that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many; therefore we have bought grain that we may eat and live.

King James 2000 Bible
For there were those that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore let us get grain for them, that we may eat, and live.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
For there were that said, We, our sons and our daughters, are many: let us get grain, that we may eat and live.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there were some that said: Our sons and our daughters are very many: Yet us take up corn for the price of them, and let us 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.

English Revised Version
For there were that said, We, our sons and our daughters, are many: let us get corn, that we may eat and live.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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.'
Study Bible
Nehemiah Defends the Oppressed
1About this time there was a great outcry from the people and their wives against their fellow Jews. 2Some were saying, “We and our sons and daughters are numerous. We must get grain to eat and live.” 3Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our homes to get grain during the famine.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 23:19
Do not charge your brother interest on money, food, or any other type of loan.

2 Kings 4:1
Now the wife of one 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 now his creditor is coming to take my two children as his slaves!"

Nehemiah 5:3
Others were saying, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our homes to get grain during the famine."

Haggai 1:6
You have planted much but harvested little. You eat but never have enough. You drink but never have your fill. You put on clothes but never get warm. You earn wages to put into a bag pierced through."

Treasury of Scripture

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.

We, our sons

Psalm 127:3-5 See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb …

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Malachi 2:2 If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give …

we take up corn

Genesis 41:57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because …

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Genesis 43:8 And Judah said to Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we …







(2) We take up.--Let us receive. This is a general appeal for the governor's help.

Verse 2. - There were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many. Those who had large families were foremost in making complaint. They found their numerous progeny not the blessing that abundant offspring is ordinarily reckoned in Holy Scripture, but a burthen and an anxiety. Therefore we take up corn for them. We are obliged to get corn for them, or they would die, and have to run in debt for it. Corn, wine, and oil seem to have been lent, no less than money (ver. 11). For there were that said, we, our sons, and our daughters, are many,.... Not that they complained of the number of their children, for a numerous offspring was always reckoned a blessing with the Jews; but this they observed to show that their families, being large, required a considerable quantity of food to support them:

therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat and live; that is, they were obliged to take it at an exorbitant price, which is the thing complained of; or otherwise they must starve, the rich taking the advantage of their poverty and present dearth. 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.
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