Nehemiah 5:8
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English Standard Version
and said to them, “We, as far as we are able, have bought back our Jewish brothers who have been sold to the nations, but you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us!” They were silent and could not find a word to say.

King James Bible
And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

American Standard Version
And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, that were sold unto the nations; and would ye even sell your brethren, and should they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found never a word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said to them: We, as you know, have redeemed according to our ability our brethren the Jews, that were sold to the Gentiles: and will you then sell your brethren, for us to redeem them ? And they held their peace, and found not what to answer.

English Revised Version
And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and would ye even sell your brethren, and should they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found never a word.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I said to them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, who were sold to the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold to us? Then they held their peace, and found nothing to answer.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

There were some who said: Our sons and our daughters are many, and we desire to receive corn, that we may eat and live. These were the words of those workers who had no property. נקחה (from לקח), not to take by force, but only to desire that corn may be provided.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

We after

Matthew 25:15,29 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability...

2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.

redeemed

Leviticus 25:47-49 And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by you, and your brother that dwells by him wax poor...

sell your

Exodus 21:16 And he that steals a man, and sells him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

Deuteronomy 24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brothers of the children of Israel, and makes merchandise of him, or sells him...

shall they

Romans 14:15 But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. Destroy not him with your meat, for whom Christ died.

1 Corinthians 8:11 And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

held

Job 29:10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

Job 32:15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.

Matthew 22:12 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

Cross References
Leviticus 25:48
then after he is sold he may be redeemed. One of his brothers may redeem him,

Nehemiah 5:9
So I said, "The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies?

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