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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 charge him interest.

Nehemiah 5:10-12

I likewise, my brothers and my servants, lend them money and grain. Please let us stop this usury. Please restore to them, even this day, their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the new wine, and the oil, that you are charging them." Then they said, "We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do, even as you say." Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they would do according to this promise.

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 charge him interest. If you take your neighbor's garment as collateral, you shall restore it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin. What would he sleep in? It will happen, when he cries to me, that I will hear, for I am gracious.

Deuteronomy 15:8

but you shall surely open your hand to him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need [in that] which he wants.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20

You shall not lend on interest to your brother; interest of money, interest of food, interest of anything that is lent on interest: to a foreigner you may lend on interest; but to your brother you shall not lend on interest, that Yahweh your God may bless you in all that you put your hand to, in the land where you go in to possess it.

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he takes [a man's] life to pledge.

Job 24:3

They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, and 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 to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead. You know that your servant feared Yahweh. Now the creditor has come to take for himself my two children to be slaves."

Luke 16:1-8

He also said to his disciples, "There was a certain rich man who had a manager. An accusation was made to him that this man was wasting his possessions. He called him, and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.' "The manager said within himself, 'What will I do, seeing that my lord is taking away the management position from me? I don't have strength to dig. I am ashamed to beg.read more.
I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from management, they may receive me into their houses.' Calling each one of his lord's debtors to him, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe to my lord?' He said, 'A hundred batos of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'How much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred cors of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' "His lord commended the dishonest manager because he had done wisely, for the children of this world are, in their own generation, wiser than the children of the light.

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Creditors » Often cruel in exacting debts

Nehemiah 5:7-9

Then I consulted with myself, and contended with the nobles and the rulers, and said to them, "You exact usury, everyone of his brother." I held a great assembly against them. I said to them, "We, after our ability, have redeemed our brothers the Jews that were sold to the nations; and would you even sell your brothers, and should they be sold to us?" Then they held their peace, and found never a word. Also I said, "The thing that you do is not good. 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, and they take the widow's ox for a pledge. They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the earth all hide themselves. Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food. The wilderness yields them bread for their children. read more.
They cut their provender in the field. They glean the vineyard of the wicked. They lie all night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold. They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for lack of a shelter. There are those who pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor,

Matthew 18:28-30

"But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay you!' He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.

Creditors » Illustrative of » God's claim upon men

Matthew 18:23

Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.

Matthew 5:25

Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor 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, my brothers and my servants, lend them money and grain. Please let us stop this usury. Please restore to them, even this day, their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the new wine, and the oil, that you are charging them." Then they said, "We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do, even as you say." Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they would do according to this promise.

Luke 7:42

When they couldn't pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore 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 to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead. You know that your servant feared Yahweh. Now the creditor has come to take for himself my two children to be slaves."

Matthew 18:25

But because he couldn't pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Creditors » Often exacted debts » From the sureties

Proverbs 22:26-27

Don't you be one of those who strike hands, of those who are collateral for debts. If you don't have means to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

Proverbs 11:15

He who is collateral for a stranger will suffer for it, but he who refuses pledges of collateral is secure.

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 charge him interest.

Leviticus 25:36-37

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

Creditors » Might demand » Security of others

Proverbs 22:26

Don't you be one of those who strike hands, of those who are collateral for debts.

Proverbs 6:1

My son, if you have become collateral for your neighbor, if you have struck your hands in pledge for a stranger;

Creditors » Often exacted debts » By imprisonment

Matthew 5:25

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

Matthew 18:34

His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.

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

Matthew 18:25

But because he couldn't pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Creditors » Were often defrauded

1 Samuel 22:2

Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented, gathered themselves to him; and he became captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

Luke 16:5-7

Calling each one of his lord's debtors to him, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe to my lord?' He said, 'A hundred batos of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'How much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred cors of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'

Creditors » Might demand » Pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10-11

When you do lend your neighbor any kind of loan, 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 forth the pledge outside to you.

Creditors » Exacting debts from brethren during sabbatical year

Deuteronomy 15:2-3

This is the way of the release: every creditor shall release that which he has lent to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother; because Yahweh's release has been proclaimed. Of a foreigner you may exact it: but whatever of your is with your brother your hand shall release.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Violently selecting pledges

Deuteronomy 24:10

When you do lend your neighbor any kind of loan, you shall not go into his house to get his pledge.

Creditors » Might take interest from strangers

Deuteronomy 23:20

to a foreigner you may lend on interest; but to your brother you shall not lend on interest, that Yahweh your God may bless you in all that you put your hand to, in the land where you go in to possess it.

Creditors » Prohibited from » Taking millstones in pledge

Deuteronomy 24:6

No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he takes [a man's] life to pledge.

Creditors » To return before sunset, garments taken in pledge

Exodus 22:26-27

If you take your neighbor's garment as collateral, you shall restore it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin. What would he sleep in? It will happen, when he cries to me, that I will hear, for I am gracious.

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

Matthew 18:25

But because he couldn't pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Creditors » Illustrative of » The demands of the law

Galatians 5:3

Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Creditors » Defined

Philemon 1:18

But if he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, put that to my account.

Creditors » Might demand » Mortgages on property

Nehemiah 5:3

Some also there were that said, "We are mortgaging our fields, and our vineyards, and our houses. Let us get grain, because of the famine."

Creditors » Bills or promissory notes

Luke 16:6-7

He said, 'A hundred batos of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'How much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred cors of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'