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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 who is poor among you, you shall not be to him as a lender, neither shall you charge him interest.

Nehemiah 5:10-12

I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, are lending them money and grain: I pray you, let us stop this charging interest. Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the wine, and the oil, that you exact of them. Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as you say. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.

Exodus 22:25-27

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. If you at all take your neighbor's clothing as pledge, you shall deliver it unto him by the time the sun goes down: For that is his only covering, it is his clothing for his skin: in what shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he cries unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

Deuteronomy 15:8

But you shall open your hand wide unto him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he lacks.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20

You shall not charge interest to your brother; interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest: Unto a stranger you may lend for interest; but unto your brother you shall not lend for interest: that the LORD your God may bless you in all that you set your hand to in the land where you go to possess it.

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take the lower or the upper millstone in pledge: for he takes a man's living in pledge.

Job 24:3

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

2 Kings 4:1

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor has come to take unto him my two sons to be slaves.

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 you? give an account of your stewardship; for you may be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord takes away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.read more.
I have decided what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owe you unto my lord? And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take your bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owe you? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take your bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

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Creditors » Often cruel in exacting debts

Nehemiah 5:7-9

Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, you exact interest, every one from his brother. And I held a great assembly against them. And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, who were sold unto the nations; and will you even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer. Also I said, It is not good what you do: ought you not to walk in the fear of our God because of the 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 drive the needy off the road: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising early for a prey: the wilderness yields food for them and for their children. read more.
They reap every one his grain in the field: and they gather the vineyard of the wicked. They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge from the poor.

Matthew 18:28-30

But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what you owe. And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

Creditors » Illustrative of » God's claim upon men

Matthew 18:23

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would take account of his servants.

Matthew 5:25

Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.

Creditors » Sometimes entirely remitted debts

Nehemiah 5:10-12

I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, are lending them money and grain: I pray you, let us stop this charging interest. Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the wine, and the oil, that you exact of them. Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as you say. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.

Luke 7:42

And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

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

2 Kings 4:1

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor has come to take unto him my two sons to be slaves.

Matthew 18:25

But since he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Creditors » Often exacted debts » From the sureties

Proverbs 22:26-27

Be not one of them that gives pledges, or of them that become surety for debts. If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

Creditors » Prohibited from » Exacting usury from brethren

Exodus 22:25

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.

Leviticus 25:36-37

Take you no interest from him, or profit: but fear your God; that your brother may live with you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor lend him your food for profit.

Creditors » Might demand » Security of others

Proverbs 22:26

Be not one of them that gives pledges, or of them that become surety for debts.

Proverbs 6:1

My son, if you become surety for your friend, if you have struck your hand with a stranger,

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By imprisonment

Matthew 5:25

Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.

Matthew 18:34

And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the jailers, till 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 since he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Creditors » Were often defrauded

1 Samuel 22:2

And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

Luke 16:5-7

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

Creditors » Might demand » Pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10-11

When you do 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 do lend shall bring out the pledge unto you.

Creditors » Exacting debts from brethren during sabbatical year

Deuteronomy 15:2-3

And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lends anything unto his neighbor shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD'S release. Of a foreigner you may exact it again: but that which you lend to your brother your hand shall release;

Creditors » Prohibited from » Violently selecting pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10

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

Creditors » Might take interest from strangers

Deuteronomy 23:20

Unto a stranger you may lend for interest; but unto your brother you shall not lend for interest: that the LORD your God may bless you in all that you set your hand to in the land where you go to possess it.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Taking millstones in pledge

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take the lower or the upper millstone in pledge: for he takes a man's living in pledge.

Creditors » To return before sunset, garments taken in pledge

Exodus 22:26-27

If you at all take your neighbor's clothing as pledge, you shall deliver it unto him by the time the sun goes down: For that is his only covering, it is his clothing for his skin: in what shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he cries unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

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

Matthew 18:25

But since he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Creditors » Illustrative of » The demands of the law

Galatians 5:3

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

Creditors » Defined

Philemon 1:18

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

Creditors » Might demand » Mortgages on property

Nehemiah 5:3

Some also there were 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 your bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owe you? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take your bill, and write fourscore.