"At the end of every seventh year you must cancel your debts.
This is how it must be done. Creditors must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Israelites. They must not demand payment from their neighbors or relatives, for the LORD's time of release has arrived.
This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Israelites -- not to the foreigners living among you.
There should be no poor among you, for the LORD your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession.
You will receive this blessing if you carefully obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today.
The LORD your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow! You will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you!"
"But if there are any poor people in your towns when you arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.
Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.
Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year of release is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the LORD, you will be considered guilty of sin.
Give freely without begrudging it, and the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.
There will always be some among you who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share your resources freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)