Nehemiah 5:16
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English Standard Version
I also persevered in the work on this wall, and we acquired no land, and all my servants were gathered there for the work.

King James Bible
Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.

American Standard Version
Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Moreover I built in the work of the wall, and I bought no land, and all my servants were gathered together to the work.

English Revised Version
Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither to the work.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"I, likewise my brethren and my servants (comp. Nehemiah 4:17), have lent them money and corn; let us, I pray, remit (not ask back) this loan!" The participle נשׁים says: we are those who have lent. Herewith he connects the invitation, Nehemiah 5:11 : "Restore unto them, I pray you, even this day (כּהיּום, about this day, i.e., even to-day, 1 Samuel 9:13), their fields, their vineyards, their olive gardens, and their houses, and the hundredth of the money, and of the corn, wine, and oil which you have lent them." Nehemiah requires, 1st, that those who held the lands of their poorer brethren in pledge should restore them their property without delay: 2nd, that they should remit to their debtors all interest owing on money, corn, etc. that had been lent; not, as the words have been frequently understood, that they should give back to their debtors such interest as they had already received. That the words in Nehemiah 5:11 bear the former, and not the latter signification, is obvious from the reply, Nehemiah 5:12, of those addressed: "We will restore, sc. their lands, etc., and will not querie of them, sc. the hundredth; so will we do as thou sayest." Hence we must not translate בּהם נשׁים אתּם אשׁר, "which you had taken from them as interest" (de Wette), - a translation which, moreover, cannot be justified by the usage of the language, for ב נשׁה does not mean to take interest from another, to lend to another on interest. The אשׁר relates not to וּמאת, but to והיּצהר ... הדּגן; and השׁיב, to restore, to make good, is used of both the transactions in question, meaning in the first clause the restoration of the lands retained as pledges, and in the second, the remission (the non-requirement) of the hundredth. The hundredth taken as interest is probably, like the centesima of the Romans, to be understood of a monthly payment. One per cent. per month was a very heavy interest, and one which, in the case of the poor, might be exorbitant. The law, moreover, forbade the taking of any usury from their brethren, their poor fellow-countrymen, Exodus 22:25 and Leviticus 25:36. When the creditors had given the consent required, Nehemiah called the priests, and made them (the creditors) swear to do according to this promise, i.e., conscientiously to adhere to their agreement. Nehemiah obtained the attendance of the priests, partly for the purpose of giving solemnity to the oath now taken, and partly to give to the declaration made in the presence of the priests legal validity for judicial decisions.

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I continued

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it...

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

neither bought

Numbers 16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said to the LORD, Respect not you their offering: I have not taken one donkey from them...

Acts 20:33-35 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel...

1 Thessalonians 2:5,6 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness...

all my

2 Corinthians 12:16-18 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile...

Philippians 2:20,21 For I have no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state...

Cross References
Nehemiah 5:15
The former governors who were before me laid heavy burdens on the people and took from them for their daily ration forty shekels of silver. Even their servants lorded it over the people. But I did not do so, because of the fear of God.

Nehemiah 5:17
Moreover, there were at my table 150 men, Jews and officials, besides those who came to us from the nations that were around us.

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