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Nehemiah 5:4

    Nehemiah 5:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that on our lands and vineyards.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute upon our fields and our vineyards.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And there were others who said, We have given up our fields and our vine-gardens to get money for the king's taxes.

    Webster's Revision

    There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute upon our fields and our vineyards.

    World English Bible

    There were also some who said, "We have borrowed money for the king's tribute using our fields and our vineyards as collateral.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute upon our fields and our vineyards.

    Clarke's Commentary on Nehemiah 5:4

    We have borrowed money - This should be read, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute on our lands and vineyards. They had a tax to pay to the Persian king in token of their subjection to him, and though it is not likely it was heavy, yet they were not able to pay it.

    Barnes' Notes on Nehemiah 5:4

    The king's tribute - The tax payable to the Persian monarch (compare Ezra 4:13; Esther 10:1). In ancient times, heavy taxation was often productive of debt and distress.