Exodus 22:25
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New International Version
"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.

New Living Translation
"If you lend money to any of my people who are in need, do not charge interest as a money lender would.

English Standard Version
“If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.

Berean Study Bible
If you lend money to one of my people among you who is poor, you must not act as a creditor to him; you are not to charge him any interest.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

Christian Standard Bible
"If you lend silver to my people, to the poor person among you, you must not be like a creditor to him; you must not charge him interest.

Contemporary English Version
Don't charge interest when you lend money to any of my people who are in need.

Good News Translation
"If you lend money to any of my people who are poor, do not act like a moneylender and require him to pay interest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you lend money to My people, to the poor person among you, you must not be like a moneylender to him; you must not charge him interest."

International Standard Version
"If you loan money to my people, to the poor among you, don't be like a creditor to them and don't impose interest on them.

NET Bible
"If you lend money to any of my people who are needy among you, do not be like a moneylender to him; do not charge him interest.

New Heart English Bible
"If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be to him as a creditor; neither shall you charge him interest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If you lend money to my people-to any poor person among you-never act like a moneylender. Charge no interest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou lend money to any of My people, even to the poor with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.

New American Standard 1977
“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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou should lend money to my people, to the poor who is with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

King James 2000 Bible
If you lend money to any of my people who is poor among you, you shall not be to him as a lender, neither shall you charge him interest.

American King James Version
If you lend money to any of my people that is poor by you, you shall not be to him as an usurer, neither shall you lay on him usury.

American Standard Version
If thou lend money to any of my people with thee that is poor, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor, that dwelleth with thee, thou shalt not be hard upon them as an extortioner, nor oppress them with usuries.

Darby Bible Translation
if thou lend money to my people, the poor with thee,thou shalt not be to him as a usurer: ye shall charge him no interest.

English Revised Version
If thou lend money to any of my people with thee that is poor, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him usury.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou shalt lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as a usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

World English Bible
"If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be to him as a creditor; neither shall you charge him interest.

Young's Literal Translation
'If thou dost lend My poor people with thee money, thou art not to him as a usurer; thou dost not lay on him usury;
Study Bible
Laws of Social Responsibility
24My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword; then your wives will become widows and your children will be fatherless. 25“If you lend money to one of my people among you who is poor, you must not act as a creditor to him; you are not to charge him any interest. 26If you take your neighbor’s cloak as collateral, return it to him by sunset,…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:35
Now if your countryman becomes destitute and cannot support himself among you, you are to help him like a foreigner or temporary resident, so that he can continue to live among you.

Leviticus 25:36
Do not take any interest or profit from him, but fear your God, that your countryman may live among you.

Deuteronomy 15:7
If there is a poor man among your brothers within any of the gates in the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from your poor brother.

Deuteronomy 23:19
Do not charge your brother interest on money, food, or any other type of loan.

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

Nehemiah 5:7
and after serious thought I rebuked the nobles and officials, saying, "You are exacting usury from your own brothers!" So I called a large assembly against them

Psalm 15:5
who lends his money without interest and refuses a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

Proverbs 28:8
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury lays it up for another, who will be kind to the poor.

Jeremiah 15:10
Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife and conflict in all the land. I have neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.

Ezekiel 18:8
He does not engage in usury or take excess interest, but he keeps his hand from iniquity and executes true justice between men.

Ezekiel 18:13
He engages in usury and takes excess interest.' Will this son live? He will not! Since he has committed all these abominations, he will surely die; his blood will be on his own head.

Treasury of Scripture

If you lend money to any of my people that is poor by you, you shall not be to him as an usurer, neither shall you lay on him usury.

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 …

2 Kings 4:1,7 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets …

Nehemiah 5:2-5,7,10,11 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: …

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

Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall …

Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and …

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

Matthew 25:27 You ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then …

Luke 19:23 Why then gave not you my money into the bank, that at my coming I …







(25-27) The Mosaic law of borrowing and lending was strange and peculiar. It was absolutely forbidden to exact any interest from those borrowers who were Israelites. The wording of the present passage, and of some others (Leviticus 25:35; Deuteronomy 15:7), construed strictly, prohibits interest only on loans to the poor; but, as in a primitive state of society only the poor wish to borrow, the qualifying expression lost its force, and to exact any interest of any Israelite was regarded as wrong. (See Psalm 15:5; Proverbs 28:8; Nehemiah 5:7; Nehemiah 5:11; Ezekiel 18:13; Ezekiel 22:12.) And some prohibitions, as Deuteronomy 23:19, were expressed in the most general terms. On the other hand, the lending of money upon interest to foreigners was distinctly allowed (Deuteronomy 23:20), and no limit placed upon the amount of interest that might be taken.

(25) Usurer. . . . usury.--The Hebrew n�sheh and n?shek have no sense of "excess" attached to them. They mean simply "interest," and "the man who lends upon interest."

Verses 25-27. - The law of lending money and borrowing. It is peculiar to the Jewish law to forbid the lending of money at interest by citizen to citizen. In the present passage, and in some others (Leviticus 25:35; Deuteronomy 15:7), it might seem that interest was only forbidden in the case of a loan to one who was poor; but the general execration of usury (Job 24:9; Proverbs 28:8; Ezekiel 18:13; Ezekiel 22:12), and the description of the righteous man as "he that hath not given his money upon usury" (Psalm 15:5; Ezekiel 18:8), seem rather to imply that the practice, so far as Israelites were concerned, was forbidden altogether. On the other hand, it was distinctly declared (Deuteronomy 23:20) that interest might be taken from strangers. There does not seem to have been any rate of interest which was regarded as excessive, and "usurious," in the modern sense. In Scripture usury means simply interest. If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, Such only need to borrow money, and to whom it should be freely lent, when it may be to the good of the borrower, and not any injury to the lender: this law, according to the Jewish writers, only respects Israelites, and not Gentiles; agreeably to which is Jarchi's note,"if thou lend, that is, not to a Gentile; and to which of my people? the poor, and to which of the poor? that is with thee:"

thou shalt not be to him as an usurer; that will not lend without usury, nor without an exorbitant interest, and deals very hardly with the borrower if he is not punctual in the payment of it; the Israelites were not only not to be usurers, but they were not to be like them; they were not to require anything for lending a poor man a little money; as not any settled interest, so neither were they to take any previous gift or reward later, see Luke 6:34.

neither shalt thou lay upon him usury; or oblige him to give interest for money borrowed: it is in the plural, number, "neither shall ye lay"; and Aben Ezra observes, that the lender, scribe, and witness, all transgress this law; that is, when a man lends money on interest, and a bond is made by the scribe for it, and this signed by witnesses, all are guilty of the breach of it: yea, some Jewish writers (h) say, not only those, but whoever is a surety or bondsman for the payment, and even the borrower himself; see Gill on Psalm 15:5.

(h) Misn. Bava Metzia, c. 5. sect. 11. Maimon. & Bartenora in ib. 22; 1 - 31 Judicial laws. - The people of God should ever be ready to show mildness and mercy, according to the spirit of these laws. We must answer to God, not only for what we do maliciously, but for what we do heedlessly. Therefore, when we have done harm to our neighbour, we should make restitution, though not compelled by law. Let these scriptures lead our souls to remember, that if the grace of God has indeed appeared to us, then it has taught us, and enabled us so to conduct ourselves by its holy power, that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, Titus 2:12. And the grace of God teaches us, that as the Lord is our portion, there is enough in him to satisfy all the desires of our souls.
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