12 And they said: 'We will restore it, and we will require nothing from them. And we will do just as you say.' And I called the priests, and I had them swear an oath, so that they would act in accord with what I had said.
13 Moreover, I shook out my lap, and I said: 'So may God shake out every man, who does not fulfill this word. From his house and from his labors, so may he be shaken out and become empty.' And the entire multitude said, 'Amen.' And they praised God. Therefore, the people acted in accord with what was said.
14 Now from that day, on which the king had ordered me to be governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even to the thirty-second year of king Artaxerxes, for twelve years, I and my brothers did not eat the yearly allowance that was owed to the governors.
15 But the former governors, the ones who had been before me, were a burden to the people, and they took from them bread and wine, and forty shekels of money each day. And their officials also oppressed the people. But I did not do so, out of fear of God.
16 In fact, I preferred to build in the work of the wall, and I bought no land, and all my servants were gathered to do the work.
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