Nehemiah 5:4
New International Version
Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards.

New Living Translation
And others said, “We have had to borrow money on our fields and vineyards to pay our taxes.

English Standard Version
And there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards.

Berean Study Bible
Still others were saying, “We have borrowed money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards.

King James Bible
There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.

New King James Version
There were also those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards.

New American Standard Bible
There also were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards.

NASB 1995
Also there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards.

NASB 1977
Also there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards.

Amplified Bible
There were also others who were saying, “We have borrowed money on our fields and vineyards for the [Persian] king’s [heavy] tax.

Christian Standard Bible
Still others were saying, “We have borrowed money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Still others were saying, “We have borrowed money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards.

American Standard Version
There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute upon our fields and our vineyards.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there were those who said: “We shall borrow money from the taxes of the King, and we shall cultivate our fields and our vineyards, and we shall live!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And some said, We have borrowed money for the king's tributes: - our fields, and our vineyards, and houses are pledged.

Contemporary English Version
Then others said, "We had to borrow money from those in power to pay the government tax on our fields and vineyards.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And others said: Let us borrow money for the king's tribute, and let us give up our fields and vineyards:

English Revised Version
There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute upon our fields and our vineyards.

Good News Translation
Still others said, "We had to borrow money to pay the royal tax on our fields and vineyards.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Others said, "We've had to borrow money to pay the king's taxes on our fields and vineyards.

International Standard Version
Still others were saying "We've borrowed money against our fields and vineyards to pay the king's taxes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There were also that said: 'We have borrowed money for the king's tribute upon our fields and our vineyards.

Literal Standard Version
And there are [those] who are saying, “We have borrowed money for the tribute of the king, [on] our fields, and our vineyards;

NET Bible
Then there were those who said, "We have borrowed money to pay our taxes to the king on our fields and our vineyards.

New Heart English Bible
There were also some who said, "We have borrowed money for the king's tribute using our fields and our vineyards as collateral.

World English Bible
There were also some who said, "We have borrowed money for the king's tribute using our fields and our vineyards as collateral.

Young's Literal Translation
And there are who are saying, 'We have borrowed money for the tribute of the king, on our fields, and our vineyards;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Nehemiah Defends the Oppressed
3Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our homes to get grain during the famine.” 4 Still others were saying, “We have borrowed money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards. 5We and our children are just like our countrymen and their children, yet we are subjecting our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters are already enslaved, but we are powerless to redeem them because our fields and vineyards belong to others.”…

Cross References
Ezra 4:13
Let it now be known to the king that if that city is rebuilt and its walls are restored, they will not pay tribute, duty, or toll, and the royal treasury will suffer.

Ezra 7:24
And be advised that you have no authority to impose tribute, duty, or toll on any of the priests, Levites, singers, doorkeepers, temple servants, or other servants of this house of God.

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


Treasury of Scripture

There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that on our lands and vineyards.

the king's tribute

Nehemiah 9:37
And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.

Deuteronomy 28:47,48
Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; …

Joshua 16:10
And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.









(4) We have borrowed money for the king's tribute.--Literally, we have made our fields and vineyards answerable for the payment of the Persian tribute. They had pledged the coming produce.

Verse 4. - The king's tribute. Judaea, like other Persian provinces, had to pay a tribute, partly in money and partly in kind, yearly to the Persian monarch (see the comment on Ezra 4:13); but there is no reason to believe that this burthen was generally felt as oppressive, nor that it was heavier in Judaea than elsewhere. But by the very poor even a small amount of direct taxation is felt as a grievance; and the necessity of meeting the demands of the tax-gatherer was in the ancient world often the turning-point, which compelled the contracting of a debt (Liv., 2:23); and so it seems to have been with these complainants,

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Still others
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

were saying,
אֹמְרִ֔ים (’ō·mə·rîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“We have borrowed
לָוִ֥ינוּ (lā·wî·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 3867: To twine, to unite, to remain, to borrow, to lend

money [to pay]
כֶ֖סֶף (ḵe·sep̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3701: Silver, money

the king's
הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

tax
לְמִדַּ֣ת (lə·mid·daṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 4060: Extension, height, breadth, a measure, a portion, a vestment, tribute

[on] our fields
שְׂדֹתֵ֖ינוּ (śə·ḏō·ṯê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 7704: Field, land

and vineyards.
וּכְרָמֵֽינוּ׃ (ū·ḵə·rā·mê·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 3754: A garden, vineyard


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