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Theasaurus: Creditors

13 Bible Verses about Creditors

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Exodus 22:25

" 'If you lend money [to] my people, [to] the needy with you, you will not be to him as a creditor; you will not {charge him interest}.

Nehemiah 5:10-12

Also, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Please stop [taking] this interest. Please restore to them this day their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, their houses, and the interest on the money, the grain, the grape juice, and the olive oil that you have been taking from them." So they said, "We will restore it and will not request [anything more]. So we will do as you say." Then I called the priests and made them take an oath to do this promise.

Exodus 22:25-27

" 'If you lend money [to] my people, [to] the needy with you, you will not be to him as a creditor; you will not {charge him interest}. If indeed you require the cloak of your neighbor as a pledge, you will return it to him at sundown, because it is his only garment; it is his cloak for his skin. In what will he sleep? {And} when he cries out to me, I will hear, because I [am] gracious.

Deuteronomy 15:8

But you shall certainly open your hand for him, and {you shall willingly lend} [to] him enough to meet his need, {whatever it is}.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20

"{You shall not charge your brother interest on money}, interest on food, or interest on anything that one could lend on interest You may lend on interest to the foreigner, but to your countryman you may not lend on interest, so that Yahweh your God may bless you {in all your undertakings} in {the land where you are going}, {in order to take possession of it}.

Deuteronomy 24:6

"A person shall not take a pair of millstones or an upper millstone, for {he is taking necessities of life as a pledge}.

Job 24:3

They drive away [the] donkey of orphans; they take [the] widow's ox as a pledge.

2 Kings 4:1

A certain woman from the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead. Now you know that your servant was a fearer of Yahweh, but the creditor came to take two of my children for himself as slaves.

Luke 16:1-8

And he also said to the disciples, "A certain man was rich, who had a manager. And charges were brought to him that this person was squandering his possessions. And he summoned him [and] said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give the account of your management, because you can no longer manage.' And the manager said to himself, 'What should I do, because my master is taking away the management from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg.read more.
I know what I should do, so that when I am removed from the management they will welcome me into their homes!' And he summoned each one of his own master's debtors [and] said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of olive oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your promissory note and sit down quickly [and] write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your promissory note and write eighty.' And the master praised the dishonest manager, because he had acted shrewdly. For the sons of this age are shrewder than the sons of light with regard to their own generation.

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Creditors » Often cruel in exacting debts

Nehemiah 5:7-9

I thought over this in my heart, and then I quarreled with the nobles and the prefects. I said to them, "You yourselves are taking interest from your own brother!" So I called the great assembly against them, and I said to them: "We ourselves have bought back our brothers the Jews who were sold to the nations as we were able. But now you yourselves have sold your brothers so they may be sold to us!" They were silent and could not find a word [to say]. So I said, "The thing that you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God [to prevent] the disgrace from the nations, our enemies?

Job 24:3-9

They drive away [the] donkey of orphans; they take [the] widow's ox as a pledge. They thrust [the] poor off the road; [the] needy of [the] earth hide themselves together. "Look, [like] wild donkeys in the desert they go out to their labor [as] searchers for the prey; [the] wilderness [is] {their} food for the young. read more.
They reap their fodder in the field, and they glean [in the] vineyard of [the] wicked. They spend the night naked, {without} clothing, and [they] have no garment in the cold. They are wet from the rainstorm of the mountains, and they cling to the rock {without} refuge. "They snatch [the] orphan from [the] breast, and they take a pledge against [the] needy.

Matthew 18:28-30

But that slave went out [and] found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii, and taking hold of him, he began to choke [him], saying, 'Pay back everything that you owe!' Then his fellow slave threw himself to the ground [and] began to implore him, saying, 'Be patient with me and I will repay you!' But he did not want to, but rather he went [and] threw him into prison until he would repay what was owed.

Creditors » Illustrative of » God's claim upon men

Matthew 18:23

"For this [reason] the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man--a king--who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves.

Matthew 5:25

{Settle the case quickly with your accuser} while you are with him on the way, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

Creditors » Sometimes entirely remitted debts

Nehemiah 5:10-12

Also, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Please stop [taking] this interest. Please restore to them this day their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, their houses, and the interest on the money, the grain, the grape juice, and the olive oil that you have been taking from them." So they said, "We will restore it and will not request [anything more]. So we will do as you say." Then I called the priests and made them take an oath to do this promise.

Luke 7:42

[When] they were not able to repay [him], he forgave [the debts] of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

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

2 Kings 4:1

A certain woman from the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead. Now you know that your servant was a fearer of Yahweh, but the creditor came to take two of my children for himself as slaves.

Matthew 18:25

And [because] he did not have [enough] to repay [it], the master ordered him to be sold, and his wife and his children and everything that he had, and to be repaid.

Creditors » Often exacted debts » From the sureties

Proverbs 22:26-27

Do not be with those who {give a pledge} {by becoming} surety. If there is nothing for you to pay, why will he take your bed from under you?

Creditors » Prohibited from » Exacting usury from brethren

Exodus 22:25

" 'If you lend money [to] my people, [to] the needy with you, you will not be to him as a creditor; you will not {charge him interest}.

Leviticus 25:36-37

You must not take interest or usury from him, but you shall revere your God, and your countryman shall live with you. You must not give your money to him with interest or give your food for profit.

Creditors » Might demand » Security of others

Proverbs 22:26

Do not be with those who {give a pledge} {by becoming} surety.

Proverbs 6:1

My child, if you have pledged to your neighbor, [if] you have bound {yourself} to the stranger,

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By imprisonment

Matthew 5:25

{Settle the case quickly with your accuser} while you are with him on the way, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

Matthew 18:34

And [because he] was angry, his master handed him over to the merciless jailers until he would repay everything that was owed.

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

Matthew 18:25

And [because] he did not have [enough] to repay [it], the master ordered him to be sold, and his wife and his children and everything that he had, and to be repaid.

Creditors » Were often defrauded

1 Samuel 22:2

Every man in distress and every man who had a creditor and every embittered man gathered to him, and he became {their commander}. Now there [were] about four hundred men with him.

Luke 16:5-7

And he summoned each one of his own master's debtors [and] said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of olive oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your promissory note and sit down quickly [and] write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your promissory note and write eighty.'

Creditors » Might demand » Pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10-11

"When you make a loan to your neighbor, a loan of any kind, you shall not go into his house {to take his pledge}. You shall wait outside, and the man [to] whom you [are] lending, he shall bring the pledge outside to you.

Creditors » Exacting debts from brethren during sabbatical year

Deuteronomy 15:2-3

And this [is] the manner of the remission of debt: every {creditor} shall remit his claim that he holds against his neighbor, and he shall not exact payment [from] his brother because there remission of debt has been proclaimed unto Yahweh. [With respect to] the foreigner you may exact payment, but {you must remit} what shall be [owed] to you [with respect to] your brother.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Violently selecting pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10

"When you make a loan to your neighbor, a loan of any kind, you shall not go into his house {to take his pledge}.

Creditors » Might take interest from strangers

Deuteronomy 23:20

You may lend on interest to the foreigner, but to your countryman you may not lend on interest, so that Yahweh your God may bless you {in all your undertakings} in {the land where you are going}, {in order to take possession of it}.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Taking millstones in pledge

Deuteronomy 24:6

"A person shall not take a pair of millstones or an upper millstone, for {he is taking necessities of life as a pledge}.

Creditors » To return before sunset, garments taken in pledge

Exodus 22:26-27

If indeed you require the cloak of your neighbor as a pledge, you will return it to him at sundown, because it is his only garment; it is his cloak for his skin. In what will he sleep? {And} when he cries out to me, I will hear, because I [am] gracious.

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

Matthew 18:25

And [because] he did not have [enough] to repay [it], the master ordered him to be sold, and his wife and his children and everything that he had, and to be repaid.

Creditors » Illustrative of » The demands of the law

Galatians 5:3

And again I testify to every man who becomes circumcised, that he is under obligation to keep the whole law.

Creditors » Defined

Philemon 1:18

But if in anything he has caused you loss or owes [you anything], {charge this to my account}.

Creditors » Might demand » Mortgages on property

Nehemiah 5:3

There were also those saying, "We have pledged our fields and our vineyards and our houses so that we can get grain in the famine."

Creditors » Bills or promissory notes

Luke 16:6-7

And he said, 'A hundred measures of olive oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your promissory note and sit down quickly [and] write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your promissory note and write eighty.'