New Living Translation
I also devoted myself to working on the wall and refused to acquire any land. And I required all my servants to spend time working on the wall.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:16 I continued - Overseeing, directing, and encouraging the workmen, which was my whole business; and this at my own cost. Bought - Of our poor brethren, whose necessities gave abundant opportunity of enriching myself with good bargains.
The former governors, in contrast, had laid heavy burdens on the people, demanding a daily ration of food and wine, besides forty pieces of silver. Even their assistants took advantage of the people. But because I feared God, I did not act that way.
I asked for nothing, even though I regularly fed 150 Jewish officials at my table, besides all the visitors from other lands!
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