Deuteronomy 23:19
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New International Version
Do not charge a fellow Israelite interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.

New Living Translation
"Do not charge interest on the loans you make to a fellow Israelite, whether you loan money, or food, or anything else.

English Standard Version
“You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not charge your brother interest on money, food, or anything that can earn interest.

International Standard Version
"Don't charge interest to your relatives, whether for money, food, or for anything that has been loaned at interest.

NET Bible
You must not charge interest on a loan to your fellow Israelite, whether on money, food, or anything else that has been loaned with interest.

New Heart English Bible
You shall not lend on interest to your brother; interest of money, interest of food, interest of anything that is lent on interest:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never charge another Israelite any interest on money, food, or anything else that is borrowed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt not lend upon interest to thy brother: interest of money, interest of victuals, interest of any thing that is lent upon interest.

New American Standard 1977
“You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother, usury of money, usury of food, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not charge interest to your brother; interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest:

American King James Version
You shall not lend on usury to your brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent on usury:

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not lend upon interest to thy brother; interest of money, interest of victuals, interest of anything that is lent upon interest:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not lend to thy brother money to usury, nor corn, nor any other thing:

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt take no interest of thy brother, interest of money, interest of victuals, interest of anything that can be lent upon interest:

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not lend upon interest to thy brother; interest of money, interest of victuals, interest of any thing that is lent upon interest:

World English Bible
You shall not lend on interest to your brother; interest of money, interest of food, interest of anything that is lent on interest:

Young's Literal Translation
'Thou dost not lend in usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of food, usury of anything which is lent on usury.
Study Bible
Miscellaneous Laws
18"You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a dog into the house of the LORD your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God. 19"You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest. 20"You may charge interest to a foreigner, but to your countrymen you shall not charge interest, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land which you are about to enter to possess.…
Cross References
Exodus 22:25
"If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.

Leviticus 25:35
'Now in case a countryman of yours becomes poor and his means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.

Leviticus 25:36
'Do not take usurious interest from him, but revere your God, that your countryman may live with you.

Nehemiah 5:2
For there were those who said, "We, our sons and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain that we may eat and live."

Nehemiah 5:7
I consulted with myself and contended with the nobles and the rulers and said to them, "You are exacting usury, each from his brother!" Therefore, I held a great assembly against them.

Psalm 15:5
He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

Isaiah 24:2
And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor.

Jeremiah 15:10
Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me As a man of strife and a man of contention to all the land! I have not lent, nor have men lent money to me, Yet everyone curses me.

Ezekiel 18:8
if he does not lend money on interest or take increase, if he keeps his hand from iniquity and executes true justice between man and man,

Ezekiel 22:12
"In you they have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by oppression, and you have forgotten Me," declares the Lord GOD.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not lend on usury to your brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent on usury:

Exodus 22:25 If you lend money to any of my people that is poor by you, you shall …

Leviticus 25:35-37 And if your brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with you; …

Nehemiah 5:1-7 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against …

Psalm 15:5 He that puts not out his money to usury, nor takes reward against …

Ezekiel 18:7,8,13,16-18 And has not oppressed any, but has restored to the debtor his pledge, …

Ezekiel 22:12 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase…

Luke 6:34,35 And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thank have …

(19, 20) Usury.--See Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:35-36. Some recent writers on this law have thought that it forbids the putting out of money to interest. But it is noticeable that in both the previous passages referred to (in Exod. and Lev.) the loan is supposed to be made to a "poor man" in "real distress." Usury in such cases means oppression; and so it is proved to be by the examples given in Nehemiah 5:2-5; Nehemiah 5:10-12. The connection between this exaction and modern investments is not obvious, except in a very few cases. The Mosaic law against usury does not belong to commerce with other nations; it is part of the poor law of the land of Israel.

Verses 19-25. - Certain civil rights and duties are here prescribed. Verses 19, 20. - An Israelite might lend on interest money, or victuals, or other property, to a foreigner, but of one of his own people he was not to take interest for a loan (cf. Exodus 22:24; Leviticus 25:36, 37). Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother,.... One of the same nation and religion, and who is in poor and necessitous circumstances, and wants either food for himself and family, or money to carry on his husbandry, till such times as the fruits of his ground will bring him in a sufficiency for his support, and the payment of what he borrows, and which is to be lent him without any interest: as the Jews were chiefly employed in husbandry, and not merchandise, they had but little occasion to borrow, and when they did could not afford to pay interest, as persons concerned in merchandise, whose gains are great, are able to do; and it is but reasonable that such persons should; but that the Israelites, when poor and in distress, might not be bowed down under their burdens, this law is made for their relief:

usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury; this takes in all sorts of usury, whether what is lent be money or food, or anything else, no interest was to be taken for it; See Gill on Leviticus 25:36; See Gill on Leviticus 25:37. 19, 20. Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother … Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury—The Israelites lived in a simple state of society, and hence they were encouraged to lend to each other in a friendly way without any hope of gain. But the case was different with foreigners, who, engaged in trade and commerce, borrowed to enlarge their capital, and might reasonably be expected to pay interest on their loans. Besides, the distinction was admirably conducive to keeping the Israelites separate from the rest of the world.23:15-25 It is honourable to shelter and protect the weak, provided they are not wicked. Proselytes and converts to the truth, should be treated with particular tenderness, that they may have no temptation to return to the world. We cannot honour God with our substance, unless it be honestly and honourably come by. It must not only be considered what we give, but how we got it. Where the borrower gets, or hopes to get, it is just that the lender should share the gain; but to him that borrows for necessary food, pity must be showed. That which is gone out of thy lips, as a solemn and deliberate vow, must not be recalled, but thou shalt keep and perform it punctually and fully. They were allowed to pluck and eat of the corn or grapes that grew by the road side; only they must not carry any away. This law intimated what great plenty of corn and wine they should have in Canaan. It provided for the support of poor travellers, and teaches us to be kind to such, teaches us to be ready to distribute, and not to think every thing lost that is given away. Yet it forbids us to abuse the kindness of friends, or to take advantage of what is allowed. Faithfulness to their engagements should mark the people of God; and they should never encroach upon others.
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