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Usury or Interest


1. The lending of money or other property for increase. Le 25:37.

2. Those enriched by unlawful, not allowed to enjoy their gain. Ps 28:8.

3. The curse attending the giving or receiving of unlawful, alluded to. Jer 15:10.

4. The Jews

a. Forbidden to take, from brethren. De 23:19.

b. Forbidden to take, from brethren specially when poor. Ex 22:25; Le 25:35-37.

c. Often guilty of taking. Ne 5:6,7; Eze 22:12.

d. Required to restore. Ne 5:9-13.

e. Allowed to take, from strangers. De 23:20.

5. True and faithful Israelites never took, from their brethren. Ps 15:5; Eze 18:8,9.

6. Judgments denounced against those who exacted unlawful. Isa 24:1,2; Eze 18:13.

7. Illustrative of the improvement of talents received from God. Mt 25:27; Lu 19:23.