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Psa 37:21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
It has been said the best way to keep people away is just to simply lend them money.
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
The Bible not only has a lot to say about money (123 verses), but also much about borrowing and usury commonly called interest today. Usury is a far better term for it is the price you pay for using anotherís money.
Seeing that the U.S.A. has a debt of an estimated $5.4 trillion dollars it can hardly be called the land of the free. And many individuals by credit card debt have put themselves into thralldom. Perhaps the subject should be address by the Holy Writ itself for only it can rightfully discern the hearts of men (Heb. 4:12).
Pro 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.
You can not directly change your nationís fiscal wantonness and mismanagement of tax revenue (your money) except possibly by voting. You can avoid placing yourself in the clutches of ruinous and often sinful debt.
Do not trust your fellow man when it comes to money.
Psa 118:8 [It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
Pro 20:14 [It is] naught, [it is] naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Pro 13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet [hath] nothing: [there is] that maketh himself poor, yet [hath] great riches.
Just because he wears a three-piece suit and is courteous does not mean he is not a "LEGAL" thief for by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
1. Luke 7:25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
Those that devoured widowís houses (Matt. 23:14) were not wearing raiment that John the Baptist worn. This does not mean that clothes make the man, for the Children of Israel were deceived by worn out attire (Joshua 9). But the odds are that the one that wants to over price or charge high usury is not wearing rough raiment.
2. Beware of instant friends
Psa 55:21 [The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were]they drawn swords.
I once was going to purchase a van, but when the "saleslady" told me not to look upon her as a sales person but a friend---I walked out.
The only friends she wanted to make were the pictures of dead president in my billfold.
Pro 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.
The old term confidence man is biblical, for you have to gain a personís confidence in order to cheat them. Ask Eve.
Pro 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble [is like] a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
Pro 27:6 Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.
3. Remember a real estate sales person (they work for the seller not you), loan officer, debt consolatory official (The credit card company) and all sales men do not work for you, their loyalties lie elsewhere. They are servants to their own paymasters and companies.
Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
When it comes to money and the woes of debt the phrase of our Lord should be kept in mine (Beware of covetousness).
While not all that lend or sell are crooked, it must be kept in mind also that every man seeketh his own when it comes to money and usury.
Ecc 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all [things].
The servant who made the most for his master was praised in the Bible not condemned, the one who had naught to show was (Matt 25 & Luke19).
Most employees are to try to make as much as they can for those they work for.
Remember when it comes to money a person may not be crooked but he can lose good taste and tact as the epitaph below shows.
Here lies Jane smith, wife of Thomas Smith, marble cutter.
This monument was erected by her husband as a tribute to her memory and a specimen of his work.
Monuments of this same style 350 dollars.
4. If God has allow you to be greatly in debt due to lost of employment, health, thief or factors beyond your control that is one thing. But if you are in debt due to lust or unwise stewardship that is quite another. How do I know this, I also in years pass have had experienced both.
Pro 30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, [crying],Give, give. There are three [things that] are never satisfied, [yea], four [things] say not, [It is] enough:
Pro 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
A Christian has the word of God to sharpen his discernment and if through lust or stupidity you become a servant to the lender you can not blame the Lord.
We Christians in America and the U.K. as far as possessions are concerned have been blessed. The problem lies in contentment.
1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Deu 5:21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any [thing] that [is] thy neighbour's.
It is quite foolish to go into debt for a luxury and then pray to God for a blessing to pay for it.
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.
It has been said a small debt produces a debtor; and a large one, an enemy.
If you are not 100% sure that you are going to
Heaven when you die, enter in at the the door:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.