Nehemiah 5:7
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New International Version
I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I told them, "You are charging your own people interest!" So I called together a large meeting to deal with them

King James Bible
Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

Darby Bible Translation
And I consulted with myself; and I remonstrated with the nobles and the rulers, and said to them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother! And I set a great assembly against them.

World English Bible
Then I consulted with myself, and contended with the nobles and the rulers, and said to them, "You exact usury, everyone of his brother." I held a great assembly against them.

Young's Literal Translation
and my heart reigneth over me, and I strive with the freemen, and with the prefects, and say to them, 'Usury one upon another ye are exacting;' and I set against them a great assembly,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ye exact usury - This was expressly contrary to the law of God; and was doubly cruel at this time, when they were just returning out of the land of their captivity, and were suffering from the effects of a dearth. Some think that it was about the time of a Sabbatical year, when their land must have lain at rest without cultivation, and during which they were expressly commanded not to exact any debt. Deuteronomy 15:2.

I set a great assembly against them - Brought all these delinquents before the rulers of the people.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I consulted with myself. Heb. my heart consulted in me

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.

Psalm 27:8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, LORD, will I seek.

I rebuked

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty...

2 Chronicles 19:6,7 And said to the judges, Take heed what you do: for you judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment...

Psalm 82:1-4 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods...

Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

2 Corinthians 5:16 Why from now on know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have known Christ after the flesh...

Galatians 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.

Ye exact usury

Exodus 22:25 If you lend money to any of my people that is poor by you, you shall not be to him as an usurer, neither shall you lay on him usury.

Leviticus 25:36 Take you no usury of him, or increase: but fear your God; that your brother may live with you.

Deuteronomy 15:2,3 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lends ought to his neighbor shall release it...

Deuteronomy 23:19,20 You shall not lend on usury to your brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent on usury...

Deuteronomy 24:10-13 When you do lend your brother any thing, you shall not go into his house to fetch his pledge...

Psalm 15:1,5 Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle? who shall dwell in your holy hill...

Ezekiel 22:12 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase...

Ezekiel 45:9 Thus said the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice...

I set a great assembly

2 Chronicles 28:9-13 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said to them...

Matthew 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but if he neglect to hear the church...

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An 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
[Sidenote: Influences in the exile that produced written ceremonial laws] The Babylonian exile gave a great opportunity and incentive to the further development of written law. While the temple stood, the ceremonial rites and customs received constant illustration, and were transmitted directly from father to son in the priestly families. Hence, there was little need of writing them down. But when most of the priests were carried captive to Babylonia, as in 597 B.C., and ten years later the temple
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 22:25
"If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.

Leviticus 25:36
Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you.

Deuteronomy 23:19
Do not charge a fellow Israelite interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.

Deuteronomy 23:20
You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the LORD your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.

Psalm 109:11
May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

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