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If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him. If ever you take your neighbor's cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
(Exodus 22:25-27) ESV 

The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;
(Psalm 37:21) ESV 

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, ...
(Proverbs 6:6-11) ESV 

Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
(Proverbs 21:17) ESV 

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
(Proverbs 22:7) ESV 

Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?
(Proverbs 22:26,27) ESV 

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
(Proverbs 25:21,22) ESV 

A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
(Proverbs 28:20) ESV 

Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
(Matthew 5:42) ESV 

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
(Romans 13:8) ESV 

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

Before borrowing money from a friend it's best to decide which you need most.
--Joe Moore American Celebrity

Borrowing and spending is not the way to prosperity.
--Paul Ryan American Politician Born 1970

Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.
--Doris Lessing English Writer Born 1919

Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.
--Henrik Ibsen Norwegian Poet 1828-1906

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
--Michel de Montaigne French Philosopher 1533-1592

I haven't inherited the earth from my parents, I am borrowing it from my children.
--Mark Udall American Politician Born 1950

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours.
--Rudyard Kipling English Writer 1865-1936

I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.
--B. B. King American Musician Born 1925

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
--Benjamin Franklin American Politician 1706-1790

It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay.
--Publilius Syrus Roman Writer 85 BC 43 BC

Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with.
--Charles Farrar Browne American Writer 1834-18676

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Borrowing and the Bible

Although the Bible does not encourage borrowing, it also does not prohibit doing so. For example, one quality of a righteous man that is found in Ezekiel 18:7, says he "returns what he took in pledge for a loan." The most basic requirement the Bible declares for a borrower is to repay. Romans 13:8 states, "Let no debt remain outstanding." Psalms 37:21 (NIV) specifies that "the wicked borrow and do not repay." This is a very straightforward judgment about people who do not pay back their loans.

Proverbs 22:26-27 says, "Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you." Here the Bible offers sound advice about not taking on unsecured debt, which can land the borrower in a world of trouble if something goes wrong and he cannot pay it back. The Bible also cautions not to sign over collateral that you cannot afford to lose.

The Bible warns against co-signing loans. Proverbs 17:18 says: "A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor."

Proverbs 22:7 says: "The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." When you borrow, you give away an inadvisable amount of power over yourself, your finances and your future to a bank or any other issuer of credit.

The Bible also has something to say about lending. Psalm 112:5 states, "Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice." But the Bible does command against usury and Ezekiel 18 goes so far as to call usury an abomination. Biblical scholars differ as to whether usury in the Bible refers to excessive interest, or any amount of interest. Several verses in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy require lenders to not charge any interest whatsoever.

Despite all the admonishments against borrowing and the commands to repay any amount taken in loan, the Old Testament makes it clear that all unpaid debts are to be canceled by the lender after seven years. Deuteronomy 15:1-2 is quite explicit about this, "At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel the loan he has made to his fellow Israelite. He shall not require payment from his fellow Israelite or brother, because the Lord's time for canceling debts has been proclaimed."5


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Definition of Borrowing

Something that is borrowed, especially a word borrowed from one language for use in another.


borrowing - obtaining funds from a lender

transaction, dealing, dealings - the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities); "no transactions are possible without him"; "he has always been honest is his dealings with me"

pawn - borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan4     




References and notes
The above Bible Promises are from the following books:
1.  The Bible Promise Book Barbour Publishing, Inc
2.  Promise of the Psalms Compiled by Ellen W. Caughey Barbour Publishing, Inc
3.  My Little Book of Promise - Christian Art Gifts
4.  The Free Dictionary -
What Does the Bible Say About Borrowing? -
6.  Brainy Quote -


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