Leviticus 25:37

37 You are not to lend him your silver with interest or sell [him] your food for profit.

Leviticus 25:37 Meaning and Commentary

Leviticus 25:37

Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury
Lend him money, expecting and insisting upon a large interest for it; this is to be understood of persons in poor and necessitous circumstances, of which the text only speaks; otherwise, if persons borrow money to gain by it, to carry on a greater trade, or to make purchase with it, it is but reasonable that the lender should have a share of profit arising from thence: nor lend him thy victuals for increase;
by which it should seem that those two words, used in ( Leviticus 25:36 ) , though in the main they signify the same thing, yet may be distinguished, the one as concerning money, the other food; and which latter is not to be given by way of loan to a person in want of it, but freely; as for instance, if a man gives a poor man a bushel of wheat, on condition he gives him two for it hereafter, this is lending or giving his victuals for increase.

Leviticus 25:37 In-Context

35 "If your brother becomes destitute and cannot sustain himself among you, you are to support him as a foreigner or temporary resident, so that he can continue to live among you.
36 Do not profit or take interest from him, but fear your God and let your brother live among you.
37 You are not to lend him your silver with interest or sell [him] your food for profit.
38 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.
39 "If your brother among you becomes destitute and sells himself to you, you must not force him to do slave labor.
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