And there was a great a outcry of the people and their wives against their b Jewish brethren.
For there were those who said, "We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live."
There were also some who said, "We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine."
There were also those who said, "We have borrowed money for the king's tax on our lands and vineyards.
"Yet now c our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed we d are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards."
And I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words.
After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, e "Each of you is exacting usury from his brother." So I called a great assembly against them.
And I said to them, "According to our ability we have f redeemed our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations. Now indeed, will you even sell your brethren? Or should they be sold to us?" Then they were silenced and found nothing to say.
Then I said, "What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk g in the fear of our God h because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?
"I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury!
"Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them."
So they said, "We will restore it, and will require nothing from them; we will do as you say." Then I called the priests, i and required an oath from them that they would do according to this promise.
Then j I shook out the fold of my garment and said, "So may God shake out each man from his house, and from his property, who does not perform this promise. Even thus may he be shaken out and emptied." And all the assembly said, "Amen!" and praised the LORD. k Then the people did according to this promise.
Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year l until the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers m ate the governor's provisions.
But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but n I did not do so, because of the o fear of God.
Indeed, I also continued the p work on this wall, and we did not buy any land. All my servants were gathered there for the work.
And q at my table were one hundred and fifty Jews and rulers, besides those who came to us from the nations around us.
Now that r which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep. Also fowl were prepared for me, and once every ten days an abundance of all kinds of wine. Yet in spite of this s I did not demand the governor's provisions, because the bondage was heavy on this people.
t Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
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Leviticus 25:35 - 37
If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.
After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, "Each of you is exacting usury from his brother." So I called a great assembly against them.
And I said to them, "According to our ability we have redeemed our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations. Now indeed, will you even sell your brethren? Or should they be sold to us?" Then they were silenced and found nothing to say.
If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother.
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do.
And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave.
If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest.
Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you.
You shall not charge interest to your brother - interest on money or food or anything that is lent out at interest.
To a foreigner you may charge interest, but to your brother you shall not charge interest, that the LORD your God may bless you in all to which you set your hand in the land which you are entering to possess.
In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me," says the Lord GOD.
After he is sold he may be redeemed again. One of his brothers may redeem him.
Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you.
2 Samuel 12:14
"However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die."
For "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," as it is written.
1 Peter 2:12
Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Then Ezra arose, and made the leaders of the priests, the Levites, and all Israel swear an oath that they would do according to this word. So they swore an oath.
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people who were at Jerusalem to proclaim liberty to them:
That every man should set free his male and female slave - a Hebrew man or woman - that no one should keep a Jewish brother in bondage.
And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium.
But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, "Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.
2 Kings 23:3
Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to follow the LORD and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant.
And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before.
But during all this I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Then after certain days I obtained leave from the king.
1 Corinthians 9:4 - 15
Do we have no right to eat and drink?
2 Corinthians 11:9
And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.
2 Corinthians 12:13
For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong!
Then I said, "What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?
But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews.
Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates).
2 Samuel 9:7
So David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.
1 Kings 18:19
"Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."
1 Kings 4:22
Now Solomon's provision for one day was thirty kors of fine flour, sixty kors of meal.
Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year until the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the governor's provisions.
But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God.
2 Kings 20:3
Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its services!
And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should go and guard the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of Your mercy!
And to bringing the wood offering and the firstfruits at appointed times. Remember me, O my God, for good!