Nehemiah 5-8:1 (The Daily Walk Bible).
It’s not surprising that Nehemiah was upset at Israelites taking advantage of other Israelites. The Bible continually urges God’s people to take care of one another. In fact, it was a mark of the early church. Acts 2:44-45 says, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Hopefully we have the same desire to help out other believers!
Nehemiah uses himself as an good example. He didn’t even take the allotted food allowance, let alone extra from the population, in “contrast to the former governors.” Can you even imagine an elected official today with that kind of integrity?