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Borrowing

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Asking for and receiving money or goods for temporary use as a neighbourly kindness.

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Believers should respond to requests to borrow

Matthew 5:42 NIV
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
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God’s blessing on Israel made borrowing unnecessary

Deuteronomy 28:12 NIV
12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
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The responsibilities of those who borrow

Repayment

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Restitution

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Borrowing can bring debt and servitude

Proverbs 22:7 NIV
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
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Security for borrowing

Warnings against putting up security

Proverbs 11:15 NIV
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
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Security may be required

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Security must be just

Deuteronomy 24:6 NIV
6 Do not take a pair of millstones—not even the upper one—as security for a debt, because that would be taking a person’s livelihood as security.
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Jesus Christ was willing to borrow

Examples of borrowing

Luke 5:3 NIV
3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
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