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Theasaurus: Creditors

13 Bible Verses about Creditors

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Exodus 22:25

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.

Nehemiah 5:10-12

I, likewise, and my brethren and my servants, have lent them money and grain; let us now release them from this burden. Restore, I pray you, to them, today, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, and even the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. Then they said, We will return it and will require nothing of them; so we will do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests and caused them to sware that they should do according to this promise.

Exodus 22:25-27

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. If thou at all take thy neighbour's clothing as a pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him before the sun goes down; for only that is his covering, it is his clothing to cover his flesh, in which he must sleep; and it shall come to pass, when he cries unto me, that I will hear, for I am merciful.

Deuteronomy 15:8

but thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he lacks.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20

Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother, usury of money, usury of food, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury. Unto a stranger thou may lend upon usury, but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thy hands upon the land which thou doest enter in to inherit.

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take the lower or the upper millstone for a pledge, for he takes a man's life to 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 increases his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Luke 16:1-8

And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an account of thy stewardship, for thou may no longer be steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord takes the stewardship away from me; I cannot dig, and I am ashamed to beg.read more.
I know what I shall do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called each one of his lord's debtors unto him and said unto the first, How much dost thou owe unto my lord? And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill and sit down quickly and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much dost thou owe? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill and write eighty. And the lord commended the unjust steward because he had done discreetly; for the sons of this age are in their generation more prudent than the sons of light.

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Creditors » Often cruel in exacting debts

Nehemiah 5:7-9

Then I meditated unto myself, and I rebuked the principals and the rulers and said unto them, Does each one of you exact usury of his brother? And I set a great assembly against them. And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren, the Jews who had been sold unto the Gentiles; and will ye even sell your brethren? And shall they be sold unto us? Then they remained silent, for they had nothing to answer. Also I said, What you do is not good, do you not walk in the fear of our God, that ye not be the reproach of our enemies the Gentiles?

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; and all the poor of the earth hide themselves from them. Behold, as wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work, rising early for a prey; the wilderness yields food for them and for their children. read more.
In the field they reap their fodder, and the wicked gather the vintage that is not theirs. They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. They are wet with the floods of the mountains and embrace the rock for want of a covering. They pluck the fatherless from the breast and take a pledge of the poor.

Matthew 18:28-30

But as the same slave was leaving, he found one of his fellowslaves who owed him a hundred denarius, and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what thou owest. And his fellowslave fell down at his feet and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not, but went and cast him into prison until he should pay the debt.

Creditors » Illustrative of » God's claim upon men

Matthew 18:23

Therefore is the kingdom of the heavens likened unto a man who is king who would take account of his slaves.

Matthew 5:25

Conciliate with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary 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, likewise, and my brethren and my servants, have lent them money and grain; let us now release them from this burden. Restore, I pray you, to them, today, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, and even the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. Then they said, We will return it and will require nothing of them; so we will do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests and caused them to sware that they should do according to this promise.

Luke 7:42

And when they had nothing to pay, he released them both from their debt. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

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

Matthew 18:25

But he not having wherewith to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, to make payment.

Creditors » Often exacted debts » From the sureties

Proverbs 22:26-27

Be not thou one of them that strike hands or of them that are sureties for debts. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should they take away thy bed from under thee?

Proverbs 11:15

With anxiety shall he that is surety for a stranger be afflicted, and he that hates suretiship shall live securely.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Exacting usury from brethren

Exodus 22:25

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.

Leviticus 25:36-37

Take thou no usury of him, or increase; but thou shalt have the fear of thy God, and thy brother shall live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy food for increase.

Creditors » Might demand » Security of others

Proverbs 22:26

Be not thou one of them that strike hands or of them that are sureties for debts.

Proverbs 6:1

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

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By imprisonment

Matthew 5:25

Conciliate with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary 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 was wroth and delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay all that was due unto him.

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

Matthew 18:25

But he not having wherewith to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, to make payment.

Creditors » Were often defrauded

1 Samuel 22:2

And every one that was in distress and every one that was in debt and all whose souls were bitter gathered themselves unto him, and he became the captain over them, and there were about four hundred men with him.

Luke 16:5-7

So he called each one of his lord's debtors unto him and said unto the first, How much dost thou owe unto my lord? And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill and sit down quickly and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much dost thou owe? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill and write eighty.

Creditors » Might demand » Pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10-11

When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to take his pledge. Thou shalt stand outside, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring the pledge out unto thee.

Creditors » Exacting debts from brethren during sabbatical year

Deuteronomy 15:2-3

And this is the manner of the release: everyone who has lent anything to his neighbour, causing him to be in debt, shall release it; he shall not exact it any more of his neighbour or of his brother, because the release of the LORD is proclaimed. Of the foreigner thou shalt demand that it be repaid; but that which thy brother has of thine thy hand shall release,

Creditors » Prohibited from » Violently selecting pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10

When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to take his pledge.

Creditors » Might take interest from strangers

Deuteronomy 23:20

Unto a stranger thou may lend upon usury, but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thy hands upon the land which thou doest enter in to inherit.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Taking millstones in pledge

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take the lower or the upper millstone for a pledge, for he takes a man's life to pledge.

Creditors » To return before sunset, garments taken in pledge

Exodus 22:26-27

If thou at all take thy neighbour's clothing as a pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him before the sun goes down; for only that is his covering, it is his clothing to cover his flesh, in which he must sleep; and it shall come to pass, when he cries unto me, that I will hear, for I am merciful.

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

Matthew 18:25

But he not having wherewith to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, to make payment.

Creditors » Illustrative of » The demands of the law

Galatians 5:3

For I testify again to every man that becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Creditors » Defined

Philemon 1:18

If he has wronged thee or owes thee anything, put that on my account;

Creditors » Might demand » Mortgages on property

Nehemiah 5:3

There were also some that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine.

Creditors » Bills or promissory notes

Luke 16:6-7

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