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The Merciful Lender


Something caught my eye as I glanced over the daily email containing ancient Hebrew wisdom in my inbox last week.

“[the good man] ┬áis ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.” -Psalm 37:25-26

To me and my anti-debt philosophies, this was a shocker. I take these scriptures as gospel, so this was a clash between two viewpoints on debt and lending.

Having been a big bank employee for a few years, I’ve dealt with lending products every day. The term “responsible lending” is bandied about a bit. 2009’s global financial crisis was largely catalyzed by organizations in the US lending not out of mercy, but out of self-interest. More accurately– greed. This came back to bite them, and everyone else too.

Lending has been going on for thousands of years because it is big business. I’m not sure that this scripture has to do with businesses or organizations that lend, but it may be more to do with lending between friends. Come to think of it, I’m not a fan of that either; I gravitate to Dave Ramsey’s point of view on it. I.e, the borrower is slave to the lender = Bad for relationships.

Bottom line, I’m still not sure what to do with this little nugget of wisdom. At the end of the day, I suppose lending money to people who need it can be an expression of a generous, merciful character. And, according to this scripture, it can actually cause your family to be blessed. Argh! It’s so easy for people to get into trouble with lending; I know I have. Hmm…

Care to add your thoughts?