New Living Translation
They were saying, "We have such large families. We need more food to survive."
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.'
Nehemiah 5:2 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:2 Many - Which is in itself a blessing, but to us is turned into a curse. Take up - We are forced to take up corn, upon unreasonable terms.
"Do not charge interest on the loans you make to a fellow Israelite, whether you loan money, or food, or anything else.
2 Kings 4:1
One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, "My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the LORD. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves."
Others said, "We have mortgaged our fields, vineyards, and homes to get food during the famine."
You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!
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