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Psalm 37:21

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;

Read Psalm 37:21 Using Other Translations

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;
The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.

What does Psalm 37:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 37:21

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again
While the wicked live, they are scandalous; they live by borrowing, which was always reckoned mean; see ( Deuteronomy 28:12 Deuteronomy 28:44 ) ( Proverbs 22:7 ) ; and what is worse, as they borrow, they do not design to repay; they take no care nor thought about that, but live upon what they borrow: for this either expresses their incapacity that they cannot pay; or the evil disposition of their mind, which rather seems to be the sense, that they will not pay;

but the righteous showeth mercy, and giveth;
which not only argues capacity and ability, but a kind, merciful, and tender spirit to persons in distress, and is expressive of a generous action.

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