Verses on Debt

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The question of whether or not to get into debt, is a serious question for many Christians. Godly Christians will come down on both sides of the fence and maybe even in the middle. Some think it is sin to have any form of debt. Others will say it is not advisable, but not sin. With a young family of my own, we have had to face the question of whether or not to get into debt, specifically when considering buying a house. Here are some of the verses on debt, money, and God’s provision that we considered. You can look at them one by one and to see directly what God says about debt in the Bible. All verses are ASV since it is in the public domain and legal to copy.

List of Bible Verses on Debt

Proverbs 22:7

The rich ruleth over the poor; And the borrower is servant to the lender.

Romans 13:7-8

Render to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law.

Deuteronomy 28:12

Jehovah will open unto thee his good treasure the heavens, to give the rain of thy land in its season, and to bless all the work of thy hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

Deuteronomy 15:6

For Jehovah thy God will bless thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over thee.

Psalms 37:21

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again; But the righteous dealeth graciously, and giveth.

Ecclesiastes 5:5

Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Proverbs 22:26-27

Be thou not one of them that strike hands, Or of them that are sureties for debts. If thou hast not wherewith to pay, Why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Proverbs 28:20

A faithful man shall abound with blessings; But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 24:27

Prepare thy work without, And make it ready for thee in the field; And afterwards build thy house.

Luke 6:35

But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.

Matthew 5:42

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Philippians 4:19

And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Luke 14:28-30

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it? Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

1 Timothy 6:10-12

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

Luke 16:11

If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Nehemiah 5:3

Some also there were that said, We are mortgaging our fields, and our vineyards, and our houses: let us get grain, because of the dearth.

Exodus 22:25-27

If thou lend money to any of my people with thee that is poor, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest. If thou at all take thy neighbor’s garment to pledge, thou shalt restore it unto him before the sun goeth down:for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? And it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

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