Saturday, October 1, 2022

What the BIBLE says about LENDING


Proverbs 22:7

King James Version

7 The rich ruleth over the poor, 

and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Ever borrowed money?

Ever loaned money?

What were your expectations?

Did you make people sign something?

Did you give generously, and freely?

Or did you trust they'd pay?

Here's what JESUS says:

Matthew 5:42

King James Version

42 Give to him that asketh thee, 

and from him that would borrow of thee 

turn not thou away.

Matthew 6:19

King James Version

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, 

where moth and rust doth corrupt, 

and where thieves break through and steal:

Matthew 6:24

King James Version

24 No man can serve two masters:

 for either he will hate the one, 

and love the other; 

or else he will hold to the one, 

and despise the other. 

Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Matthew 19:21

King James Version

21 Jesus said unto him, 

If thou wilt be perfect, 

go and sell that thou hast, 

and give to the poor, 

and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: 

and come and follow me.

Matthew 19:23-24

King James Version

23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, 

Verily I say unto you, 

That a rich man 

shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24 And again I say unto you, 

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, 

than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 25:40

King James Version

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, 

Verily I say unto you, 

Inasmuch as ye have done it 

unto one of the least of these my brethren, 

ye have done it unto me.

Mark 4:18-19

King James Version

18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; 

such as hear the word,

19 And the cares of this world, 

and the deceitfulness of riches, 

and the lusts of other things entering in, 

choke the word, 

and it becometh unfruitful.

Mark 8:36

King James Version

36 For what shall it profit a man, 

if he shall gain the whole world, 

and lose his own soul?

Luke 6:30

King James Version

30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; 

and of him that taketh away thy goods 

ask them not again.

Luke 6:31-32

King James Version

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, 

do ye also to them likewise.

32 For if ye love them which love you, 

what thank have ye? 

for sinners also love those that love them.

Luke 6:33

King James Version

33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, 

what thank have ye? 

for sinners also do even the same.

Luke 6:34

King James Version

34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, 

what thank have ye? 

for sinners also lend to sinners, 

to receive as much again.

Luke 6:35

King James Version

35 But love ye your enemies, 

and do good,

and lend, 

hoping for nothing again; 

and your reward shall be great, 

and ye shall be the children of the Highest: 

for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Luke 6:38

King James Version

38 Give, 

and it shall be given unto you; 

good measure, pressed down,

 and shaken together, and running over, 

shall men give into your bosom. 

For with the same measure that ye mete withal 

it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 11:5-8

King James Version

5 And he said unto them, 

Which of you shall have a friend, 

and shall go unto him at midnight, 

and say unto him, 

Friend, lend me three loaves;

6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, 

and I have nothing to set before him?

7 And he from within shall answer and say, 

Trouble me not: 

the door is now shut, 

and my children are with me in bed; 

I cannot rise and give thee.

8 I say unto you, 

Though he will not rise and give him, 

because he is his friend, 

yet because of his importunity he will rise 

and give him as many as he needeth.

Luke 11:10

King James Version

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; 

and he that seeketh findeth; 

and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Luke 11:11-13

King James Version

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, 

will he give him a stone? 

or if he ask a fish, 

will he for a fish give him a serpent?

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, 

will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If ye then, being evil, 

know how to give good gifts unto your children: 

how much more shall your heavenly Father 

give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Luke 12:33-34

King James Version

33 Sell that ye have, 

and give alms; 

provide yourselves bags which wax not old, 

a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, 

where no thief approacheth, 

neither moth corrupteth.

34 For where your treasure is, 

there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:15

King James Version

15 And he said unto them, 

Take heed, 

and beware of covetousness: 

for a man's life consisteth 

not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Here's what the Bible says about lending to those in need:

Deuteronomy 15:11

King James Version

11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: 

therefore I command thee, 


Thou shalt open thine hand wide 

unto thy brother, 

to thy poor, 

and to thy needy, 

in thy land.

1 Samuel 2:7-8

King James Version

7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: 

he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, 

and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, 

to set them among princes, 

and to make them inherit the throne of glory: 

for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, 

and he hath set the world upon them.

Psalm 15:5

King James Version

5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, 

nor taketh reward against the innocent.

He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 37:16-17

King James Version

16 A little that a righteous man hath 

is better than the riches of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: 

but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

Psalm 62:10

King James Version

10 Trust not in oppression, 

and become not vain in robbery: 

if riches increase, 

set not your heart upon them.

Psalm 112:5

King James Version

5 A good man sheweth favour, 

and lendeth: 

he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Proverbs 3:27-28

King James Version

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, 

when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, 

Go, and come again, 

and to morrow I will give; 

when thou hast it by thee.

Proverbs 11:28

King James Version

28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; 

but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

Proverbs 13:11

King James Version

11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: 

but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Proverbs 13:22

King James Version

22 A good man leaveth an inheritance 

to his children's children: 

and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

Proverbs 15:27

King James Version

27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; 

but he that hateth gifts shall live.

Proverbs 17:5

King James Version

5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: 

and he that is glad at calamities 

shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 19:17

King James Version

17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; 

and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 22:1

King James Version

22 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, 

and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22:2

King James Version

2 The rich and poor meet together: 

the Lord is the maker of them all.

Proverbs 23:4-5

King James Version

4 Labour not to be rich: 

cease from thine own wisdom.

5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? 

for riches certainly make themselves wings; 

they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Proverbs 28:8

King James Version

8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, 

he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Proverbs 28:22

King James Version

22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, 

and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Proverbs 28:25

King James Version

25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: 

but he that putteth his trust in the Lord 

shall be made fat.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

King James Version

10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; 

nor he that loveth abundance with increase: 

this is also vanity.

Luke 3:14

King James Version

14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, 


And what shall we do?

 And he said unto them, 

Do violence to no man, 

neither accuse any falsely; 

and be content with your wages.

Acts 8:18-20

King James Version

18 And when Simon saw 

that through laying on of the apostles' hands 

the Holy Ghost was given, 

he offered them money,

19 Saying, 

Give me also this power, 

that on whomsoever I lay hands, 

he may receive the Holy Ghost.

20 But Peter said unto him, 

Thy money perish with thee, 

because thou hast thought that the gift of God 

may be purchased with money.

Acts 20:35

King James Version

35 I have shewed you all things, 

how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, 

and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, 

how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

1 Corinthians 5:11-13

King James Version

11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, 

if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, 

or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, 

or a drunkard, or an extortioner; 

with such an one no not to eat.

12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? 

do not ye judge them that are within?

13 But them that are without God judgeth. 

Therefore put away from among yourselves 

that wicked person.

Philippians 2:3

King James Version

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; 

but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other 

better than themselves.

Philippians 4:19

King James Version

19 But my God shall supply all your need 

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 5:8

King James Version

8 But if any provide not for his own, 

and specially for those of his own house, 

he hath denied the faith, 

and is worse than an infidel.

1 Timothy 6:6-11

King James Version

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, 

and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, 

and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, 

which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: 

which while some coveted after, 

they have erred from the faith, 

and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou,

 O man of God, 

flee these things; 

and follow after righteousness, godliness, 

faith, love, patience, meekness.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

King James Version

17 Charge them that are rich in this world, 

that they be not highminded, 

nor trust in uncertain riches, 

but in the living God, 

who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

18 That they do good, 

that they be rich in good works, 

ready to distribute, 

willing to communicate;

19 Laying up in store for themselves 

a good foundation against the time to come, 

that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Hebrews 13:5

King James Version

5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; 

and be content with such things as ye have: 

for he hath said, 

I will never leave thee, 

nor forsake thee.

James 1:27

King James Version

27 Pure religion and undefiled 

before God and the Father is this, 

To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, 

and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 5:1-6

King James Version

5 Go to now, 

ye rich men, 

weep and howl for your miseries 

that shall come upon you.

2 Your riches are corrupted, 

and your garments are motheaten.

3 Your gold and silver is cankered; 

and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, 

and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. 

Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

4 Behold, 

the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, 

which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: 

and the cries of them which have reaped 

are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, 

and been wanton; 

ye have nourished your hearts, 

as in a day of slaughter.

6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; 

and he doth not resist you.

1 John 2:15-17

King James Version

15 Love not the world, 

neither the things that are in the world. 

If any man love the world, 

the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, 

the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, 

and the pride of life, 

is not of the Father, 

but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, 

and the lust thereof: 

but he that doeth the will of God 

abideth for ever.

Revelation 3:16-19

King James Version

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, 

and neither cold nor hot, 

I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, 

I am rich, 

and increased with goods, 

and have need of nothing; 

and knowest not that thou art wretched, 

and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, 

that thou mayest be rich; 

and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, 

and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; 

and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, 

that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, 

I rebuke and chasten: 

be zealous therefore, 

and repent.

The next post is on GOD's laws on lending among Jews.

Image: Karolina Grabowska

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