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Holman Bible Dictionary

Usury

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(yooss' uh ree) A sum of money charged for a loan. The Old Testament laws prohibited a Jew from charging another Jew usury but permitted it when money was loaned to a Gentile (Deuteronomy 23:19-20 ). Although the word has negative connotations today, it was not so in biblical days when usury simply was the interest charged for a loan. Excessive usury was condemned.


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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Usury'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/u/usury.html. 1991.

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