Nehemiah Chapter 5, Complaints and Problems of Judah

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This chapter is full of many different problems which happened during the time of construction if the Walls around Jerusalem. This time frame took 52 days to complete.

Three different problems arose. ONE:Many landless People were without food. TWO:Landlords were forced to mortgage their land because of the famine. THREE: Borrowing was necessary to pay property tax imposed by the Persistent.

Verses 1-5, debts, interests and bondage.
Verses 6-13, payments of interest abolished.
Verses 14-19, examples of Unselfishness.

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Nehemiah 5:7-8, Nehemiah's Opposing of Selling Jews to Gentiles

The Anger of Nehemiah in confronting The Lords of Judah was beyond reproach because he followed his heart and did what was right before G-d. Allowing the enslavement of the Poor People of Judah by selling their children to Gentiles who didn't practice Hebrew Law or observe any of the teaching of The Jews was not The Way of G-d.

Nehemiah followed his heart. This literally means, my heart advised me in the scripture translation from Hebrew.

Jewish Scholar Malbim proposes: The Heart is viewed as the seat of the passions. Although Nehemiah was angered, he did not permit his anger to motivate the dispute with the lords of Judah and controlled his anger. His heart advised him rationally to follow the path of Justice in The Dispute with the lords of Judah over the sale of children into slavery among The Gentiles. Nehemiah called it Coercive in regards to selling Judah's Children. The Question is; Where is your charity?

Lets read the next two verses of Nehemiah 5,

V7 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.
V8 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.]

Nehemiah was teaching from Exodus 22:24, which is a prohibition of money lenders to enslave their own Jewish people.

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