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Theasaurus: Creditors

13 Bible Verses about Creditors

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Exodus 22:25

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.

Nehemiah 5:10-12

I also, my brethren and my servants, we might exact usury of them, money and corn. I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Restore, I pray you, to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive-gardens, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine and the oil, that ye have exacted of them. And they said, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do, as thou hast said. And I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.

Exodus 22:25-27

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. If thou at all take thy neighbour's garment in pledge, thou shalt return it to him before the sun goes down; for that is his only covering, his garment for his skin: on what shall he lie down? And it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

Deuteronomy 15:8

but thou shalt open thy hand bountifully unto him, and shalt certainly lend him on pledge what is sufficient for his need, in that which he lacketh.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20

Thou shalt take no interest of thy brother, interest of money, interest of victuals, interest of anything that can be lent upon interest: of a foreigner thou mayest take interest, but of thy brother thou shalt not take interest; that Jehovah thy God may bless thee in all the business of thy hand in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take the hand-mill or the upper millstone in pledge; for it would be taking life in pledge.

Job 24:3

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

Proverbs 28:8

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance gathereth it for him that is gracious to the poor.

Luke 16:1-8

And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and he was accused to him as wasting his goods. And having called him, he said to him, What is this that I hear of thee? give the reckoning of thy stewardship, for thou canst be no longer steward. And the steward said within himself, What shall I do; for my lord is taking the stewardship from me? I am not able to dig; I am ashamed to beg.read more.
I know what I will do, that when I shall have been removed from the stewardship I may be received into their houses. And having called to him each one of the debtors of his own lord, he said to the first, How much owest thou to my lord? And he said, A hundred baths of oil. And he said to him, Take thy writing and sit down quickly and write fifty. Then he said to another, And thou, how much dost thou owe? And he said, A hundred cors of wheat. And he says to him, Take thy writing and write eighty. And the lord praised the unrighteous steward because he had done prudently. For the sons of this world are, for their own generation, more prudent than the sons of light.

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Creditors » Often cruel in exacting debts

Nehemiah 5:7-9

And I consulted with myself; and I remonstrated with the nobles and the rulers, and said to them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother! And I set a great assembly against them. And I said to them, We, according to our ability, have redeemed our brethren the Jews, who were sold to the nations; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? And they were silent and found no answer. And I said, The thing that ye do is not good. Ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God, so as not to be the reproach of the nations our enemies?

Job 24:3-9

They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge; They turn the needy out of the way: the afflicted of the land all hide themselves. Lo, as wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking early for the prey: the wilderness yieldeth them food for their children. read more.
They reap in the field the fodder thereof, and they gather the vintage of the wicked; They pass the night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold; They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and for want of a shelter embrace the rock ... They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor:

Matthew 18:28-30

But that bondman having gone out, found one of his fellow-bondmen who owed him a hundred denarii. And having seized him, he throttled him, saying, Pay me if thou owest anything. His fellow-bondman therefore, having fallen down at his feet, besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee. But he would not, but went away and cast him into prison, until he should pay what was owing.

Creditors » Illustrative of » God's claim upon men

Matthew 18:23

For this cause the kingdom of the heavens has become like a king who would reckon with his bondmen.

Matthew 5:25

Make friends with thine adverse party quickly, whilst thou art in the way with him; lest some time the adverse party deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Creditors » Sometimes entirely remitted debts

Nehemiah 5:10-12

I also, my brethren and my servants, we might exact usury of them, money and corn. I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Restore, I pray you, to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive-gardens, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine and the oil, that ye have exacted of them. And they said, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do, as thou hast said. And I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.

Luke 7:42

but as they had nothing to pay, he forgave both of them their debt: say, which of them therefore will love him most?

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

Matthew 18:25

But he not having anything to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and everything that he had, and that payment should be made.

Creditors » Often exacted debts » From the sureties

Proverbs 22:26-27

Be not of them that strike hands, of them that are sureties for debts: if thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Creditors » Prohibited from » Exacting usury from brethren

Exodus 22:25

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.

Leviticus 25:36-37

Thou shalt take no usury nor increase of him; and thou shalt fear thy God; that thy brother may live beside thee. Thy money shalt thou not give him upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.

Creditors » Might demand » Security of others

Proverbs 22:26

Be not of them that strike hands, of them that are sureties for debts:

Proverbs 6:1

My son, if thou hast become surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand for a stranger,

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By imprisonment

Matthew 5:25

Make friends with thine adverse party quickly, whilst thou art in the way with him; lest some time the adverse party deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Matthew 18:34

And his lord being angry delivered him to the tormentors till he paid all that was owing to him.

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

Matthew 18:25

But he not having anything to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and everything that he had, and that payment should be made.

Creditors » Were often defrauded

1 Samuel 22:2

And every one in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one of embittered spirit collected round him; and he became a captain over them; and there were with him about four hundred men.

Luke 16:5-7

And having called to him each one of the debtors of his own lord, he said to the first, How much owest thou to my lord? And he said, A hundred baths of oil. And he said to him, Take thy writing and sit down quickly and write fifty. Then he said to another, And thou, how much dost thou owe? And he said, A hundred cors of wheat. And he says to him, Take thy writing and write eighty.

Creditors » Might demand » Pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10-11

When thou dost lend thy brother anything, thou shalt not go into his house to secure his pledge. Thou shalt stand outside, and the man to whom thou hast made a loan shall bring out the pledge to thee without.

Creditors » Exacting debts from brethren during sabbatical year

Deuteronomy 15:2-3

and this is the manner of the release: Every creditor shall relax his hand from the loan which he hath lent unto his neighbour; he shall not demand it of his neighbour, or of his brother; for a release to Jehovah hath been proclaimed. Of the foreigner thou mayest demand it; but what is thine with thy brother thy hand shall release;

Creditors » Prohibited from » Violently selecting pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10

When thou dost lend thy brother anything, thou shalt not go into his house to secure his pledge.

Creditors » Might take interest from strangers

Deuteronomy 23:20

of a foreigner thou mayest take interest, but of thy brother thou shalt not take interest; that Jehovah thy God may bless thee in all the business of thy hand in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Taking millstones in pledge

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take the hand-mill or the upper millstone in pledge; for it would be taking life in pledge.

Creditors » To return before sunset, garments taken in pledge

Exodus 22:26-27

If thou at all take thy neighbour's garment in pledge, thou shalt return it to him before the sun goes down; for that is his only covering, his garment for his skin: on what shall he lie down? And it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

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

Matthew 18:25

But he not having anything to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and everything that he had, and that payment should be made.

Creditors » Illustrative of » The demands of the law

Galatians 5:3

And I witness again to every man who is circumcised, that he is debtor to do the whole law.

Creditors » Defined

Philemon 1:18

but if he have wronged thee anything or owe anything to thee, put this to my account.

Creditors » Might demand » Mortgages on property

Nehemiah 5:3

And there were that said, We have had to pledge our fields, and our vineyards, and our houses, that we might procure corn in the dearth.

Creditors » Bills or promissory notes

Luke 16:6-7

And he said, A hundred baths of oil. And he said to him, Take thy writing and sit down quickly and write fifty. Then he said to another, And thou, how much dost thou owe? And he said, A hundred cors of wheat. And he says to him, Take thy writing and write eighty.