Parallel Verses

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.

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 Version

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 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.

A Conservative Version

But the former governors who were before me charged the people, and took bread and wine from them, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people. But I did not so, because of the fear of 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.

Amplified

But the former governors lived at the expense of the people and took from them food and wine, besides forty shekels of silver [a large monthly official salary]; yes, even their servants assumed authority over the people. But I did not so because of my [reverent] fear of God.

Bible in Basic English

But earlier rulers who were before me made the people responsible for their upkeep, and took from them bread and wine at the rate of forty shekels of silver; and even their servants were lords over the people: but I did not do so, because of the fear of God.

Darby 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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

But the former captains that had been before me had charged the people and had taken of them for bread and wine, upon forty shekels of silver; and in addition to this their servants bore rule over the people; but I did not do so because of the fear of God.

Julia Smith Translation

And the former prefects that were before me made heavy upon the people, and they will take from them in bread and wine, the last silver forty shekels; also their young men ruled over the people: and I did not thus from the face of the fear of God.

King James 2000

But the former governors that had been before me laid burdens upon the people, and had taken of them food and wine, besides forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bore rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and they took food and wine from them, besides forty shekels. Also, their servants controlled the people, but I did not do so because of the fear of God.

Modern King James verseion

But the former governors that had been before me were too heavy upon the people, and had taken bread and wine from them, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people. But I did not do this, because of the fear of God.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For the old captains that were before me, had been chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, and forty sicles of silver: yea and their servants had oppressed the people. But so did not I, and that because of the fear of God.

NET Bible

But the former governors who preceded me had burdened the people and had taken food and wine from them, in addition to forty shekels of silver. Their associates were also domineering over the people. But I did not behave in this way, due to my fear of God.

New Heart English Bible

But the former governors who were before me were supported by the people, and took bread and wine from them, besides forty shekels of silver; yes, even their servants ruled over the people: but I did not do so, because of the fear of God.

The Emphasized Bible

whereas, the former pashas, who were before me, suffered themselves to be a burden upon the people, and took from them in bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver, even, their young men, bare rule over the people, - but, I, did not so, because of the fear of God.

Webster

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

World English Bible

But the former governors who were before me were supported by the people, and took bread and wine from them, besides forty shekels of silver; yes, even their servants ruled over the people: but I didn't do so, because of the fear of God.

Youngs 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.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
But the former
ראשׁן ראשׁון 
Ri'shown 
Usage: 182

פּחה 
Pechah 
Usage: 28

פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

כּבד כּבד 
Kabad 
Usage: 114

unto the people
עם 
`am 
Usage: 1867

and had taken
לקח 
Laqach 
Usage: 966

of them bread
לחם 
Lechem 
Usage: 298

and wine
יין 
Yayin 
Usage: 140

אחר 
'achar 
Usage: 488

ארבּעים 
'arba`iym 
Usage: 136

שׁקל 
Sheqel 
Usage: 88

of silver
כּסף 
Keceph 
Usage: 403

גּם 
Gam 
also, as, even, again, and,
Usage: 761

נער 
Na`ar 
Usage: 239

שׁלט 
Shalat 
Usage: 8

over the people
עם 
`am 
Usage: 1867

but so did

Usage: 0

not I, because
פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

of the fear
יראה 
Yir'ah 
Usage: 45

References

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Context Readings

Nehemiah Denies His Allotment

14 In addition, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah (that is, during the twelve years from the twentieth to the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes), neither I nor my relatives relied on the provisions allotted to the governor. 15 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. 16 Also, as I continued to work on the wall, we purchased no land, and all of my young men were employed in the work.


Cross References

Nehemiah 5:9

So I said, "What you're doing isn't right! Shouldn't you live in the fear of our God to avoid shame from our foreign enemies?

Job 31:23

For I'm terrified of what calamity God may have in store for me; and I cannot endure his grandeur."

Matthew 5:47

And if you greet only your relatives, that's no great thing you're doing, is it? Even the unbelievers do the same, don't they?

1 Samuel 2:15-17

But even before they burned the fat, the servant of the priest would come and say to the person offering the sacrifice, "Give me meat to roast for the priest. He won't accept boiled meat from you, but only raw."

1 Samuel 8:15

He will take a tenth of your seed and your vineyards and give it to his officers and servants.

Psalm 112:1

Hallelujah! How happy is the person who fears the LORD, who truly delights in his commandments.

Psalm 147:11

But the LORD is pleased with those who fear him, with those who depend on his gracious love.

Proverbs 16:6

Iniquity is atoned for by gracious love and truth, and through fear of the LORD people turn from evil.

Proverbs 29:12

When a ruler is listening to lies, all of his officials tend to become wicked.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Let the conclusion of all of these thoughts be heard: Fear God and obey his commandments, for this is what it means to be human.

Isaiah 50:10

Who among you fears the LORD, obeying the voice of his servant, who among you walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and rely upon his God.

Luke 18:2-4

He said, "In a city there was a judge who didn't fear God or respect people.

2 Corinthians 11:9

When I was with you and needed something, I did not bother any of you, because our brothers who came from Macedonia supplied everything I needed. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and I will continue to do so.

2 Corinthians 12:13

How were you treated worse than the other churches, except that I did not bother you for help? Forgive me for this wrong!

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