· Old Testament 


  Chapter 29  

29:1 He that sheweth mercy, lendeth to his neighbour: and he that is stronger in hand, keepeth the commandments.

29:2 Lend to thy neighbour in the time of his need, and pay thou thy neighbour again in due time.

29:3 Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him: and thou shalt always find that which is necessary for thee.

29:4 Many have looked upon a thing lent as a thing found, and have given trouble to them that helped them.

29:5 Till they receive, they kiss the hands of the lender, and in promises they humble their voice:

29:6 But when they should repay, they will ask time, and will return tedious and murmuring words, and will complain of the time:

29:7 And if he be able to pay, he will stand off, he will scarce pay one half, and will count it as if he had found it:

29:8 But if not, he will defraud him of his money, and he shall get him for an enemy without cause.

29:9 And he will pay him with reproaches and curses, and instead of honour and good turn will repay him injuries.

29:10 Many have refused to lend, not out of wickedness, but they were afraid to be defrauded without cause.

29:11 But yet towards the poor be thou more hearty, and delay not to shew him mercy.

29:12 Help the poor because of the commandment: and send him not away empty handed because of his poverty.

29:13 Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend: and hide it not under a stone to be lost.

29:14 Place thy treasure in the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold.

29:15 Shut up alms in the heart of the poor, and it shall obtain help for thee against all evil.

29:16 Better than the shield of the mighty, and better than the spear:

29:17 It shall fight for thee against thy enemy.

29:18 A good man is surety for his neighbour: and he that hath lost shame, will leave him to himself.

29:19 Forget not the kindness of thy surety: for he hath given his life for thee.

29:20 The sinner and the unclean fleeth from his surety.

29:21 A sinner attributeth to himself the goods of his surety: and he that is of an unthankful mind will leave him that delivered him.

29:22 A man is surety for his neighbour: and when he hath lost all shame, he shall forsake him.

29:23 Evil suretyship hath undone many of good estate, and hath tossed them as a wave of the sea.

29:24 It hath made powerful men to go from place to place round about, and they have wandered in strange countries.

29:25 A sinner that transgresseth the commandment of the Lord, shall fall into an evil suretyship: and he that undertaketh many things, shall fall into judgment.

29:26 Recover thy neighbour according to thy power, and take heed to thyself that thou fall not.

29:27 The chief thing for man's life is water and bread, and clothing, and a house to cover shame.

29:28 Better is the poor man's fare under a roof of boards, than sumptuous cheer abroad in another man's house.

29:29 Be contented with little instead of much, and thou shalt not hear the reproach of going abroad.

29:30 It is a miserable life to go as a guest from house to house: for where a man is a stranger, he shall not deal confidently, nor open his mouth.

29:31 He shall entertain and feed, and give drink to the unthankful, and moreover he shall hear bitter words.

29:32 Go, stranger, and furnish the table, and give others to eat what thou hast in thy hand.

29:33 Give place to the honourable presence of my friends: for I want my house, my brother being to be lodged with me.

29:34 These things are grievous to a man of understanding: the upbraiding of houseroom, and the reproaching of the lender.