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Interest on Money

  1. Exodus 22:25-27 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
  2. If thou at all take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down:
  3. For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

First a few definitions: 

   One of the easiest and best ways to study a Bible subject is simply to look up a key word in a good concordance such as Strong's. Many of the lessons in this course were written that way. In this case, to see what God has to say, we will look for the words "usury," "interest" and "lend". The first thing we might notice is that the word "interest" is not in the King James Version of the Bible. The word "usury" is found nineteen times in the Old Testament and two times in the New Testament. The word "usurer" is found only one time. 

   So, what does the word mean, what is "usury"? Here are the definitions of the Hebrew words translated "usury" as found in the dictionary of Strong's Concordance:

   In the Old Testament Hebrew: 

5377 (nasha) to lead astray, i.e., (mentally) to delude, or (morally) seduce. Translated beguile, deceive, greatly beguile, greatly deceive.

5378 (nasha) perhaps identical with 5377, through the idea of imposition; to lend on interest; by implication to dun for debt. Translated debt, exact, giver of usury.

5383 (nashah) In the sense of 5378; to lend or to borrow on security or interest. Translated creditor, exact (usury) extortioner, lend, usurer, lend on interest.

5391 (nashak) To strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan. Translated bite, lend upon usury.

5392 (neshek) From 5391; interest on a debt. Translated usury.

I   n The New Testament Greek: 5110 (tokos) Interest on money loaned. Translated usury.

   Notice the Bible's associations with interest on money; 

bulletto lead astray
bullet(mentally) to delude,
bullet or (morally) seduce.
bulletbeguile, deceive, greatly beguile, greatly deceive.
bulletTo strike with a sting (as a serpent)
bulletto oppress
bulletto bite

   Here are all the Bible verses containing the word usury:

Old Testament

bulletExodus 22:25 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.

bullet Leviticus 25:36-37 Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.

bullet Deuteronomy 23:19-20 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: 20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
bullet Nehemiah 5:7-10 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them. 8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer. 9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies? 10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.
bulletPsalms 15:1-5 (A Psalm of David.) LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2 .... 5
 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
bullet Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
bulletIsaiah 24:2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
bulletJeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me.
bulletEzekiel 18:8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,
bullet Ezekiel 18:13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
bullet Ezekiel 18:17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.
bullet Ezekiel 22:12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.

New Testament

bullet Matthew 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
bulletLuke 19:23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

   The Churches generally teach , "it is true that the Old Testament forbids interest on money, but in Matthew 25 and Luke 19 Jesus changed all that."

   Several prominent clergymen, including leading TV Evangelists sit on the boards of banks. 

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