November 15, 2021


Blessings folk!

How different would our lives be if we put into practice the advice, instruction, commandments of the Proverbs?

I suspect much pain would be avoided.
I suspect that much joy would be manifest.

Some of the Proverbs sound alien to our ears.
So many things we consider to be “normal” are not so.


Pro 11:15
He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it,
But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.

Guarantor means “to pledge”.

The Word warns us to beware of “making a pledge/guarantee” for a stranger.
In modern vernacular, “do not co-sign” for a stranger.
You will suffer for it.

The biblical understanding of “borrowing”, “interest”, “usury” is interesting.

We would do well to learn some truths from the Word.

One who hates being a guarantor is secure.
The one who does not charge usury (excessive interest…in the mind of the Jewish leadership “more than 1-2%”…and Jews did not charge interest to one another) will be blessed.

Exo 22:25
If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee,
thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

 Lev 25:36
Take thou no usury of him, or increase:
but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.

 Lev 25:37
Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury,
nor lend him thy victuals for increase.

 Deu 23:19
Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother;
usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:

They could charge interest to strangers…

Deu 23:20
Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury;
but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury:
that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine
hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.


What if we considered this…

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