And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.
For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are
many: therefore we take up corn for them
, that we may eat, and live.
also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.
There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon
our lands and vineyards.
Yet now our flesh is
as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some
of our daughters are brought unto bondage already
: neither is it
in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
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.
And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer
Also I said, It is
not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?
I likewise, and
my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.