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Theasaurus: Creditors

13 Bible Verses about Creditors

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Exodus 22:25

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 require interest from him.

Nehemiah 5:10-12

I, my brethren, and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us stop this forbidden interest! Return this very day to them their fields, vineyards, olive groves, and houses, and also a hundredth of all the money, grain, new wine, and oil that you have exacted from them. Then they said, We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say. Then I called the priests and took an oath of the lenders that they would do according to this promise.

Romans 13:8

Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one's fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

Exodus 22:25-27

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 require interest from him. If you ever take your neighbor's garment in pledge, you shall give it back to him before the sun goes down; For that is his only covering, his clothing for his body. In what shall he sleep? When he cries to Me, I will hear, for I am gracious and merciful.

Deuteronomy 15:8

But you shall open your hands wide to him and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20

You shall not lend on interest to your brother -- "interest on money, on victuals, on anything that is lent for interest. You may lend on interest to a foreigner, but to your brother you shall not lend on interest, that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land to which you go to possess it.

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take a mill or an upper millstone in pledge, for he would be taking a life in pledge.

Job 24:3

They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

Proverbs 28:8

He who by charging excessive interest and who by unjust efforts to get gain increases his material possession gathers it for him [to spend] who is kind and generous to the poor.

Luke 16:1-8

Also [Jesus] said to the disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a manager of his estate, and accusations [against this man] were brought to him, that he was squandering his [master's] possessions. And he called him and said to him, What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management [of my affairs], for you can be [my] manager no longer. And the manager of the estate said to himself, What shall I do, seeing that my master is taking the management away from me? I am not able to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.read more.
I have come to know what I will do, so that they [my master's debtors] may accept and welcome me into their houses when I am put out of the management. So he summoned his master's debtors one by one, and he said to the first, How much do you owe my master? He said, A hundred measures [about 900 gallons] of oil. And he said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and sit down quickly and write fifty [about 450 gallons]. After that he said to another, And how much do you owe? He said, A hundred measures [about 900 bushels] of wheat. He said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and write eighty [about 700 bushels]. And [his] master praised the dishonest (unjust) manager for acting shrewdly and prudently; for the sons of this age are shrewder and more prudent and wiser in [ relation to] their own generation [to their own age and kind] than are the sons of light.

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Creditors » Often cruel in exacting debts

Nehemiah 5:7-9

I thought it over and then rebuked the nobles and officials. I told them, You are exacting interest from your own kinsmen. And I held a great assembly against them. I said to them, We, according to our ability, have bought back our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations; but will you even sell your brethren, that they may be sold to us? Then they were silent and found not a word to say. Also I said, What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts and reproach of the nations, our enemies?

Job 24:3-9

They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge. They crowd the poor and needy off the road; the poor and meek of the earth all hide themselves. Behold, as wild asses in the desert, [the poor] go forth to their work, seeking diligently for prey and food; the wilderness yields them bread for their children [in roots and herbage]. read more.
They reap each one his fodder in a field [that is not his own], and they glean the vintage of the wicked man. They lie all night naked, without clothing, and have no covering in the cold. They are wet with the showers of the mountains and cling to the rock for want of shelter. [The violent men whose wickedness seems unnoticed] pluck the fatherless infants from the breast [to sell or make them slaves], and take [the clothing on] the poor for a pledge,

Matthew 18:28-30

But that same attendant, as he went out, found one of his fellow attendants who owed him a hundred denarii [about twenty dollars]; and he caught him by the throat and said, Pay what you owe! So his fellow attendant fell down and begged him earnestly, Give me time, and I will pay you all! But he was unwilling, and he went out and had him put in prison till he should pay the debt.

Creditors » Illustrative of » God's claim upon men

Matthew 18:23

Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a human king who wished to settle accounts with his attendants.

Matthew 5:25

Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way traveling with him, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

Creditors » Sometimes entirely remitted debts

Nehemiah 5:10-12

I, my brethren, and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us stop this forbidden interest! Return this very day to them their fields, vineyards, olive groves, and houses, and also a hundredth of all the money, grain, new wine, and oil that you have exacted from them. Then they said, We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say. Then I called the priests and took an oath of the lenders that they would do according to this promise.

Luke 7:42

When they had no means of paying, he freely forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By selling the debtor's family

Job 24:9

[The violent men whose wickedness seems unnoticed] pluck the fatherless infants from the breast [to sell or make them slaves], and take [the clothing on] the poor for a pledge,

Matthew 18:25

And because he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.

Creditors » Often exacted debts » From the sureties

Proverbs 22:26-27

Be not one of those who strike hands and pledge themselves, or of those who become security for another's debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you?

Proverbs 11:15

He who becomes security for an outsider shall smart for it, but he who hates suretyship is secure [from its penalties].

Creditors » Prohibited from » Exacting usury from brethren

Exodus 22:25

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 require interest from him.

Leviticus 25:36-37

Charge him no interest or [portion of] increase, but fear your God, so your brother may [continue to] live along with you. You shall not give him your money at interest nor lend him food at a profit.

Creditors » Might demand » Security of others

Proverbs 22:26

Be not one of those who strike hands and pledge themselves, or of those who become security for another's debts.

Proverbs 6:1

My son, if you have become security for your neighbor, if you have given your pledge for a stranger or another,

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By imprisonment

Matthew 5:25

Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way traveling with him, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

Matthew 18:34

And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed.

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By selling the debtor or taking him for a servant

Matthew 18:25

And because he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.

Exodus 21:2

If you buy a Hebrew servant [as the result of debt or theft], he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, paying nothing.

Creditors » Were often defrauded

1 Samuel 22:2

And everyone in distress or in debt or discontented gathered to him, and he became a commander over them. And there were with him about 400 men.

Luke 16:5-7

So he summoned his master's debtors one by one, and he said to the first, How much do you owe my master? He said, A hundred measures [about 900 gallons] of oil. And he said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and sit down quickly and write fifty [about 450 gallons]. After that he said to another, And how much do you owe? He said, A hundred measures [about 900 bushels] of wheat. He said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and write eighty [about 700 bushels].

Creditors » Might demand » Pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10-11

When you lend your brother anything, you shall not go into his house to get his pledge. You shall stand outside and the man to whom you lend shall bring the pledge out to you.

Creditors » Exacting debts from brethren during sabbatical year

Deuteronomy 15:2-3

And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release that which he has lent to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, for the Lord's release is proclaimed. Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother [Israelite] your hand shall release.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Violently selecting pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10

When you lend your brother anything, you shall not go into his house to get his pledge.

Creditors » Might take interest from strangers

Deuteronomy 23:20

You may lend on interest to a foreigner, but to your brother you shall not lend on interest, that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land to which you go to possess it.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Taking millstones in pledge

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take a mill or an upper millstone in pledge, for he would be taking a life in pledge.

Creditors » To return before sunset, garments taken in pledge

Exodus 22:26-27

If you ever take your neighbor's garment in pledge, you shall give it back to him before the sun goes down; For that is his only covering, his clothing for his body. In what shall he sleep? When he cries to Me, I will hear, for I am gracious and merciful.

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By selling the debtor's property

Matthew 18:25

And because he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.

Creditors » Illustrative of » The demands of the law

Galatians 5:3

I once more protest and testify to every man who receives circumcision that he is under obligation and bound to practice the whole of the Law and its ordinances.

Creditors » Defined

Philemon 1:18

And if he has done you any wrong in any way or owes anything [to you], charge that to my account.

Creditors » Might demand » Mortgages on property

Nehemiah 5:3

Also some said, We are mortgaging our lands, vineyards, and houses to buy grain because of the scarcity.

Creditors » Bills or promissory notes

Luke 16:6-7

He said, A hundred measures [about 900 gallons] of oil. And he said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and sit down quickly and write fifty [about 450 gallons]. After that he said to another, And how much do you owe? He said, A hundred measures [about 900 bushels] of wheat. He said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and write eighty [about 700 bushels].