Second, Nehemiah faces potential unrest from the Israelites. Evidently, there was a shortage of food, and families had resorted to extreme measures to eat -- not only borrowing money, but mortgaging their farms and even selling their children into virtual slavery (what will be called "indentured servitude" in British colonies of the 16th and 17th centuries). Many Israelites had become indebted to other Israelites. Nehemiah forced the property to be returned and slaves to be released; even more, Nehemiah set an example by not taxing the people as much as he could to provide for himself and his household.
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Nehemiah 4-6 today.