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You have drawn the right analogy. Charging interest of your brother is to seize power, to rule, to be the master.


Do not lend at interest to your brother, interest of silver, interest of food, or interest of whatever is lent at interest.

20To a foreigner you lend at interest, but to your brother you do not lend at interest, so that YHUH your Elohim might bless you in all that you put your hand to in the land which you are entering to possess. (Deuteronomy 23)


At the end of every seven years you make a release of debts.

2And this is the Word of the release: Every creditor is to release what he has loaned to his neighbour, he does not require it of his neighbour or his brother, because it is called the release of YHUH.

3Of a foreigner you could require it, but your hand is to release whatever is owed by your brother.

4Only, there should be no poor among you. For YHUH does greatly bless you in the land which YHUH your Elohim is giving you to possess as an inheritance,

5only if you diligently obey the voice of YHUH your Elohim, to guard to do all these commands which I am commanding you today.

6For YHUH your Elohim shall bless you as He promised you. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And you shall rule over many nations, but they do not rule over you.

7When there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, within any of the gates in your land which YHUH your Elohim is giving you, do not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,

8for you shall certainly open your hand to him and certainly lend him enough for his need, whatever he needs.

9Be on guard lest there be a thought of Beliya‛al in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is near,’ and your eye is evil against your poor brother and you give him naught. And he shall cry out to YHUH against you and it shall be a sin in you.

10You shall certainly give to him and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this reason YHUH your Elohim does bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.

11Because the poor one does not cease from the land. Therefore I am commanding you, saying, ‘You shall certainly open your hand to your brother, to your poor and to your needy one, in your land.’ (Deuteronomy 15)


The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)


Hear, O Israel: YHUH our God YHUH one. And thou shalt love YHUH thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.