In the Bible, people who charge interest are the bad guys

In ancient Israel, lending was a way to help a fellow Israelite. Charging interest was forbidden. But in our day, Christian lenders go against this prohibition. And get rich from it.



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. You shall not charge him interest.

Leviticus 25:35. ‘If your brother has become poor, and his hand can’t support himself among you, then you shall uphold him. He shall live with you like an alien and a temporary resident.

Leviticus 25:36. Take no interest from him or profit; but fear your God, that your brother may live among you.

Leviticus 25:37. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit.

Nehemiah 5:7. 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.

Proverbs 6:1. My son, if you have become collateral for your neighbor, if you have struck your hands in pledge for a stranger;


Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.


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