The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Lend, LendingLending and borrowing are terms Scripture writers use to paint portraits of blessing and cursing. The fundamental meaning of lending is the extension of provision and generosity to someone in need; that of borrowing is dependence and neediness. Proverbs 19:17 highlights this meaning: “He
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
borrow, lend. Borrowing and lending was regulated in Israel: the people could lend to the heathen (Deut. 15:6, where “lend” and “borrow” are different forms of the verb ʿābaṭ H6292) and could even lend with interest to a stranger, but this latter practice was forbidden among fellow Israelites (23:19–20).
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