Deuteronomy 15:1-9 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "At the end of every seventh year you must cancel your debts. 1 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.
2 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. 2 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.
3 This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Israelites -- not to the foreigners living among you. 3 You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your brother owes you.
4 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. 4 However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you,
5 You will receive this blessing if you carefully obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today. 5 if only you fully obey the LORD your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.
6 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!" 6 For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.
7 "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. 7 If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.
8 Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need. 8 Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.
9 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. 9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: "The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near," so that you do not show ill will toward your needy brother and give him nothing. He may then appeal to the LORD against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.