'Interest' in the Bible
"If you loan money to my people, to the poor among you, don't be like a creditor to them and don't impose interest on them.
You are not to take interest or profit from him. Instead, you are to fear your God and let your relative live with you.
You are not to loan him money with interest or sell him your food at a profit.
"Don't charge interest to your relatives, whether for money, food, or for anything that has been loaned at interest.
You may charge interest to a foreigner, but don't charge interest to your relatives, so the LORD your God may bless you in everything you undertake in the land that you are about to enter and possess.
So after thinking it over carefully, I accused the officials and nobles openly, "Every one of you is charging your fellow countrymen interest!" So I opened a public investigation against them.
I'm also lending money and grain, as are my fellow-Jews and my servants, but let's not charge interest.
So today please restore to them their fields, vineyards, olive orchards, and homes, along with the one percent interest charge that you've assessed them on the grain, wine, and oil."
They responded, "We will restore these things, and will assess no interest charges against them. We will do what you are requesting!"
Then Haman told King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and divided among the people throughout the provinces of your kingdom. Their laws are different than all the other people, they don't obey the king's laws, and it's not in the king's best interest to leave them alone.
who does not loan his money with interest, and who does not take a bribe against those who are innocent. The one who does these things will stand firm forever. A special Davidic Psalm.
Whoever gains wealth by charging exorbitant interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.
"Why have we fasted,' they ask, "but you do not see? "Why have we humbled ourselves,' they ask, "but you take no notice?'" "Look! On your fast day you serve your own interest and oppress all your workers.
if he doesn't lend with usury or exact interest, but instead refuses to participate in what is unjust, if he administers true justice between people,
loans with usury, and exacts interest; will he live? He certainly will not! He has done all these detestable practices. He will certainly die, and his guilt will be his own fault."
doesn't refuse to help the afflicted, or refuses to loan with usury or exact interest, but instead follows my ordinances and lives his life consistent with my statutes. He won't die because of his father's sin, will he? No! He'll certainly live.
They take bribes among you to shed blood. You've taken usury and exacted interest. You've gained control over your neighbor through extortion. And you've forgotten me," declares the Lord GOD.
Sow in righteousness in your own interest, reap in gracious love, break up your own unprepared ground; It is now time to inquire of the LORD, until he comes to pour out righteousness for you.
Then you should've invested my money with the bankers. When I returned, I would've received my money back with interest.'
Then why didn't you put my money in the bank? When I returned, I could have collected it with interest.'
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