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About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews. 2 They were saying, “We have such large families. We need more food to survive.”
3 Others said, “We have mortgaged our fields, vineyards, and homes to get food during the famine.”
4 And others said, “We have had to borrow money on our fields and vineyards to pay our taxes. 5 We belong to the same family as those who are wealthy, and our children are just like theirs. Yet we must sell our children into slavery just to get enough money to live. We have already sold some of our daughters, and we are helpless to do anything about it, for our fields and vineyards are already mortgaged to others.”
6 When I heard their complaints, I was very angry. 7 After thinking it over, I spoke out against these nobles and officials. I told them, “You are hurting your own relatives by charging interest when they borrow money!” Then I called a public meeting to deal with the problem.
8 At the meeting I said to them, “We are doing all we can to redeem our Jewish relatives who have had to sell themselves to pagan foreigners, but you are selling them back into slavery again. How often must we redeem them?” And they had nothing to say in their defense.
9 Then I pressed further, “What you are doing is not right! Should you not walk in the fear of our God in order to avoid being mocked by enemy nations? 10 I myself, as well as my brothers and my workers, have been lending the people money and grain, but now let us stop this business of charging interest. 11 You must restore their fields, vineyards, olive groves, and homes to them this very day. And repay the interest you charged when you lent them money, grain, new wine, and olive oil.”
12 They replied, “We will give back everything and demand nothing more from the people. We will do as you say.” Then I called the priests and made the nobles and officials swear to do what they had promised.
13 I shook out the folds of my robe and said, “If you fail to keep your promise, may God shake you like this from your homes and from your property!”
The whole assembly responded, “Amen,” and they praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised.
originally posted by: FlyInTheOintment
...and even the 'acceptable' debt, the mortgage on your home, for example - seems to be morally repugnant in its essence, in the sense that - let's face it - debt is slavery...
originally posted by: Cravens
a reply to: paraphi
I was wondering the same thing about the term then got to the Bible quote and realized the impetus to use “usury”.
On a related note, I caught Tim Dillon on JRE last week and he relayed a few anecdotes while he was a mortgage lender back in the early-to-mid aughts. People “put themselves in a situation whereby they are [were] too indebted” with complete information and full knowledge of what they were doing. For as much talk about ‘predatory’ lenders armed with subprime mortgages, the reality was a lot closer to people making high risk bets for high reward payoffs.
Word of the day: usury. Everyone who correctly uses “Usury” in a sentence today gets free checking account at Wells Fargo — and all that other sh$t you never signed up for.
originally posted by: Stupidsecrets
Did Jesus think it was fair he could magically fill fish nets. Some of us normal folks have to do it the hard way and even that sometimes isn't enough. Maybe taking out a loan to buy a better boat or fishing equipment is the answer. I know one thing, if I was having a bad day fishing and saw Jesus walking across the water I would give him the middle finger.