Psalm 15:5
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New International Version
who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

New Living Translation
Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.

English Standard Version
who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who does not lend his money at interest or take a bribe against the innocent-- the one who does these things will never be moved.

International Standard Version
who does not loan his money with interest, and who does not take a bribe against those who are innocent. The one who does these things will stand firm forever.

NET Bible
He does not charge interest when he lends his money. He does not take bribes to testify against the innocent. The one who lives like this will never be upended.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He does not give his money for interest neither takes a bribe against the innocent; the one who does these things is just and is never moved.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one who does not collect interest on a loan or take a bribe against an innocent person. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that does not put out his money to usury nor take a bribe against the innocent. He that does these things shall never be moved.

King James 2000 Bible
He that puts not out his money at interest, nor takes reward against the innocent. He that does these things shall never be moved.

American King James Version
He that puts not out his money to usury, nor takes reward against the innocent. He that does these things shall never be moved.

American Standard Version
He that putteth not out his money to interest, Nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Douay-Rheims Bible
he that hath not put out his money to usury, nor taken bribes against the innocent: He that doth these things shall not be moved for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
[He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved.

English Revised Version
He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

World English Bible
he who doesn't lend out his money for usury, nor take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be shaken. A Poem by David.

Young's Literal Translation
His silver he hath not given in usury, And a bribe against the innocent Hath not taken; Whoso is doing these is not moved to the age!
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:1-5 The way to heaven, if we would be happy, we must be holy. We are encouraged to walk in that way. - Here is a very serious question concerning the character of a citizen of Zion. It is the happiness of glorified saints, that they dwell in the holy hill; they are at home there, they shall be for ever there. It concerns us to make it sure to ourselves that we have a place among them. A very plain and particular answer is here given. Those who desire to know their duty, will find the Scripture a very faithful director, and conscience a faithful monitor. A citizen of Zion is sincere in his religion. He is really what he professes to be, and endeavours to stand complete in all the will of God. He is just both to God and man; and, in speaking to both, speaks the truth in his heart. He scorns and abhors wrong and fraud; he cannot reckon that a good bargain, nor a saving one, which is made with a lie; and knows that he who wrongs his neighbour will prove, in the end, to have most injured himself. He is very careful to do hurt to no man. He speaks evil of no man, makes not others' faults the matter of his common talk; he makes the best of every body, and the worst of nobody. If an ill-natured story be told him, he will disprove it if he can; if not, it goes no further. He values men by their virtue and piety. Wicked people are vile people, worthless, and good for nothing; so the word signifies. He thinks the worse of no man's piety for his poverty and mean condition. He reckons that serious piety puts honour upon a man, more than wealth, or a great name. He honours such, desires their conversation and an interest in their prayers, is glad to show them respect, or do them a kindness. By this we may judge of ourselves in some measure. Even wise and good men may swear to their own hurt: but see how strong the obligation is, a man must rather suffer loss to himself and his family, than wrong his neighbour. He will not increase his estate by extortion, or by bribery. He will not, for any gain, or hope of it to himself, do any thing to hurt a righteous cause. Every true living member of the church, like the church itself, is built upon a Rock. He that doeth these things shall not be moved for ever. The grace of God shall always be sufficient for him. The union of these tempers and this conduct, can only spring from repentance for sin, faith in the Saviour, and love to him. In these respects let us examine and prove our own selves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - He that putteth not out his money to usury. Usury, when one Israelite borrowed of another, was strictly forbidden by the Law (Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:36; Deuteronomy 23:19). When the borrower was a foreigner, it was lawful (Deuteronomy 15:3; Deuteronomy 33:20); and no discredit can attach to the practice, so long as the rate of interest charged is moderate (comp. Matthew 25:27). Here the writer contemplates only such usury as was forbidden by the Law. Nor taketh reward against the innocent; refuses, i.e., to take a bribe, either as judge or witness, when a charge is made against an innocent person. The contrary conduct was widely practised by the Israelites in later times (see Isaiah 1:23; Isaiah 5:23; Jeremiah 22:17; Ezekiel 22:12; Hoe. 4:18; Micah 3:11, etc.), and prevails generally in the East to the present day. He that doeth these things shall never be moved (comp. Psalm 16:8). He shall continue "steadfast, unmovable," having God "at his right hand," as his Protector and Sustainer.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that putteth not out his money to usury,.... To the poor, in an extravagant and exorbitant way, by which he bites, devours, and destroys his little substance, and sadly afflicts and distresses him; see Exodus 22:25; otherwise, to lend money on moderate interest, and according to the laws, customs, and usages of nations, and to take interest for it, is no more unlawful than to take interest for houses and land; yea, it is according to the law of common justice and equity, that if one man lends money to another to trade with, and gain by, that he should have a proportionate share in the gain of such a trade; but the design of this passage, and the law on which it is founded, is, to forbid all exactions and oppressions of the poor, and all avaricious practices, and to encourage liberality and beneficence; and such who are covetous, and bite and oppress the poor, are not fit for church communion; see 1 Corinthians 5:11;

nor taketh reward against the innocent; either to swear falsely against him, or to pass a wrong sentence on him; see 1 Samuel 12:3;

he that doeth these things shall never be moved; from the tabernacle of God, and his holy hill; he is fit to be a member of the church of God, and an inhabitant of Zion; and he shall dwell and abide there, he shall be a pillar which shall never go out, Revelation 3:12; he shall finally persevere, through the grace of God; he shall hold on and out unto the end: and though he may fall through infirmity and temptation into sin, and that many times, yet he shall not finally and totally fall, 2 Peter 1:10; but shall be as Mount Zion which can never be removed, Psalm 125:1; The words should be rendered, since the accent "athnach" is on "these things", thus; "he that doeth these things", not only what is mentioned in this verse, but in the foregoing, "he", I say, "shall never be moved".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. (Compare Le 25:37; De 23:19, 20).

usury is derived from a verb meaning "to bite." All gains made by the wrongful loss of others are forbidden.

taketh reward, &c.—The innocent would not otherwise be condemned (compare Ex 23:8; De 16:19). Bribery of all sorts is denounced.

doeth these, &c.—Such persons admitted to God's presence and favor shall never be moved (Ps 10:6; 13:5).

Psalm 15:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?
4In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5He 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.
Cross References
2 Peter 1:10
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,

Exodus 22:25
"If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.

Exodus 23:8
"Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.

Leviticus 25:36
Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you.

Deuteronomy 16:19
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.

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

Deuteronomy 23:20
You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the LORD your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.

Deuteronomy 27:25
"Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"

Psalm 26:10
in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 112:6
Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.

Proverbs 10:25
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

Ezekiel 18:8
He does not lend to them at interest or take a profit from them. He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly between two parties.
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He that puts not out his money to usury, nor takes reward against the innocent. He that does these things shall never be moved.

putteth

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; …

Deuteronomy 23:19,20 You shall not lend on usury to your brother; usury of money, usury …

Nehemiah 5:2-5,7-13 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: …

Ezekiel 18:8,17 He that has not given forth on usury, neither has taken any increase, …

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

nor taketh

Exodus 23:7,8 Keep you far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous …

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither …

Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises …

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, …

Matthew 26:15 And said to them, What will you give me, and I will deliver him to …

Matthew 27:3-5 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, …

He that doeth

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, …

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall …

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness …

Psalm 112:6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in …

Proverbs 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the …

Ezekiel 18:27 Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he …

Matthew 7:21-25 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom …

James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

2 Peter 1:10,11 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and …

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