New International Version
Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we did not acquire any land.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
Yea, also I applied myself to this work of the wall, and we bought no fields; and all my servants were gathered thither for the work.
World English Bible
Yes, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered there to the work.
Young's Literal Translation
And also, in the work of this wall I have done mightily, even a field we have not bought, and all my servants are gathered there for the work;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Neither bought we any land - Neither he nor his officers took any advantage of the necessities of the people, to buy their lands, etc. He even made his own servants to work at the wall.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryAn Ancient Nonconformist
'... So did not I, because of the fear of God.'--Neh. v. 15. I do not suppose that the ordinary Bible-reader knows very much about Nehemiah. He is one of the neglected great men of Scripture. He was no prophet, he had no glowing words, he had no lofty visions, he had no special commission, he did not live in the heroic age. There was a certain harshness and dryness; a tendency towards what, when it was more fully developed, became Pharisaism, in the man, which somewhat covers the essential nobleness …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Influences that Gave Rise to the Priestly Laws and Histories
But the earlier governors--those preceding me--placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that.
Furthermore, a hundred and fifty Jews and officials ate at my table, as well as those who came to us from the surrounding nations.
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