Nehemiah 5:15
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New International Version
But the earlier governors--those preceding me--placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that.


New American Standard Bible
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; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of God.


King James Bible
But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
The governors who preceded me had heavily burdened the people, taking food and wine from them, as well as a pound of silver. Their subordinates also oppressed the people, but I didn't do this, because of the fear of God.


International Standard Version
Nevertheless, the former governors before me placed a heavy burden on the people. They received food and wine, plus a tax of 40 shekels of silver. Even their young men took advantage of the people, but I never did so because I feared God.


American Standard Version
But the former governors that were before me were chargeable unto the people, and took of them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.


Douay-Rheims Bible
But the former governors that had been before me, were chargeable to the people, and took of them in bread, and wine, and in money every day forty sides: and their officers also oppressed the people. But I did not so for the fear of God.


Darby Bible Translation
But the former governors that were before me had been chargeable to the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver: even their servants bore rule over the people. But I did not so, because of the fear of God.


Young's Literal Translation
the former governors who are before me have made themselves heavy on the people, and take of them in bread and wine, besides in silver forty shekels; also, their servants have ruled over the people -- and I have not done so, because of the fear of God.
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Context
Nehemiah's Generosity

14Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even to the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brothers have not eaten the bread of the governor. 15But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable to the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yes, even their servants bore rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God. 16Yes, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither to the work. 17Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came to us from among the heathen that are about us. 18Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy on this people. 19Think on me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
Cross References
Genesis 20:11
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.


Genesis 42:18
And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:


Nehemiah 5:9
Also I said, It is not good that you do: ought you not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?


Nehemiah 5:16
Yes, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither to the work.


Job 31:23
For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.


Jeremiah 32:9
And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.


Lamentations 5:8
Servants have ruled over us: there is none that does deliver us out of their hand.


Treasury of Scripture

But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable to the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yes, even their servants bore rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.

even their

1 Samuel 2:15-17 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest...

1 Samuel 8:15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.

so did

Matthew 5:47 And if you salute your brothers only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans so?

2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man...

2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it wherein you were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you?...

because

Nehemiah 5:9 Also I said, It is not good that you do...

Job 31:23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in his commandments.

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man...

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of his servant, that walks in darkness, and has no light?...

Luke 18:2-4 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man...

Strong's Concordance
But the former governors that [had been] before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.
Topical Bible
Act Addition Assistants Bare Beside Besides Bore Bread Burden Burdens Chargeable Didn't Domineered Earlier Fear Former Forty Governors Heavy Laid Lorded Lords Placed Preceding Rate Responsible Reverence Rule Ruled Rulers Servants Shekels Silver Supported Themselves Upkeep Wine Yea Yes
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Nehemiah Chapter 5 Verse 15

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OT History: Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors who were before (Neh Ne)
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