Nehemiah 5:1
New International Version
Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews.

New Living Translation
About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews.

English Standard Version
Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.

Berean Study Bible
About that time there was a great outcry from the people and their wives against their fellow Jews.

King James Bible
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

New King James Version
And there was a great outcry of the people and their wives against their Jewish brethren.

New American Standard Bible
Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.

NASB 1995
Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.

NASB 1977
Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.

Amplified Bible
Now there was a great outcry of the [poorer] people and their wives against their Jewish brothers [to whom they were deeply in debt].

Christian Standard Bible
There was a widespread outcry from the people and their wives against their Jewish countrymen.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was a widespread outcry from the people and their wives against their Jewish countrymen.

American Standard Version
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And then the people and their wives wailed a great wailing against their brethren, the Judeans.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the cry of the people and their wives was great against their brethren the Jews.

Contemporary English Version
Some of the men and their wives complained about the Jews in power

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there was a great cry of the people, and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

English Revised Version
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Good News Translation
Some time later many of the people, both men and women, began to complain against the other Jews.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then some of the people, the men and their wives, complained publicly about their Jewish relatives.

International Standard Version
Now the people along with their spouses complained loudly against their fellow Jews,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Literal Standard Version
And there is a great cry of the people and their wives, concerning their brothers the Jews,

NET Bible
Then there was a great outcry from the people and their wives against their fellow Jews.

New Heart English Bible
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews.

World English Bible
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews.

Young's Literal Translation
And there is a great cry of the people and their wives, concerning their brethren the Jews,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Nehemiah Defends the Oppressed
1About that 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 in order to eat and stay alive.”…

Cross References
Leviticus 25:35
Now if your countryman becomes destitute and cannot support himself among you, then you are to help him as you would a foreigner or stranger, so that he can continue to live among you.

Deuteronomy 15:7
If there is a poor man among your brothers within any of the gates in the land that the LORD your God is giving you, then you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from your poor brother.

Nehemiah 4:23
So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the guards with me changed out of our clothes; each carried his weapon, even to go for water.

Jeremiah 34:8
After King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to proclaim liberty, the word came to Jeremiah from the LORD

Ezekiel 45:9
For this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Enough, O princes of Israel! Cease your violence and oppression, and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing My people, declares the Lord GOD.'


Treasury of Scripture

And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews.

a great cry

Exodus 3:7
And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

Exodus 22:25-27
If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury…

Job 31:38,39
If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain; …

their brethren

Leviticus 25:35-37
And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee…

Deuteronomy 15:7-11
If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: …

Acts 7:26
And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?









(1) Their brethren the Jews.--Nehemiah's other troubles had come from the enemies without: he begins this account by laying emphasis on the hard treatment of Jews by Jews.

Verse 1. - A great cry. Compare ver. 6, where the "cry" is distinguished from the "words." The Oriental habit of shrill lamentation must be borne in mind it is always shrillest when the women have a part in it, as on this occasion. Their wives. Mothers, whose children had been sold into slavery, or who anticipated losing them in this sad way speedily (ver. 5). Their brethren the Jews. i.e. the richer Jews, who had adopted the practice of lending upon pledge.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
About this time there was
וַתְּהִ֨י (wat·tə·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a great
גְּדוֹלָ֑ה (gə·ḏō·w·lāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 1419: Great, older, insolent

outcry
צַעֲקַ֥ת (ṣa·‘ă·qaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 6818: A cry, outcry

from the people
הָעָ֛ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

and their wives
וּנְשֵׁיהֶ֖ם (ū·nə·šê·hem)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 802: Woman, wife, female

against
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

their fellow
אֲחֵיהֶ֖ם (’ă·ḥê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 251: A brother, )

Jews.
הַיְּהוּדִֽים׃ (hay·yə·hū·ḏîm)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's 3064: Jews -- Jewish


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