You have Taken Usury and Increase, Therefore I have Struck My Hand at your Dishonest Gain

But he who has Not Given Forth upon Usury, Neither has Taken Any Increase, has Kept My Judgements

Psalms 15:5, Torah
[He who] does not put out his money to usury, nor takes reward against the innocent - he who does these [things] will never be moved.

Ezekiel 18:8 - 9, Torah
"[For] he [who] has not given forth upon usury, neither has taken any increase, [who] has withdrawn his hand from iniquity, has executed true judgement between man and man,
 has walked in My statutes, and has kept My judgements, to deal truly; he [is] just, he will surely live," the Lord God says.

Ezekiel 22:12 - 15, Torah
"[But] they have taken gifts to shed blood in you; you have taken usury and increase, and you have greedily gained of your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me," the Lord God says.
 "Behold, therefore I have struck My hand at your dishonest gain which you have made, and at your blood which has been in the midst of you.  Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I will deal with you?  I the Lord have spoken [it], and will do [it].  And I will scatter you among the heathen, and disperse you in the countries, and will consume your filthiness out of you."

4:160 - 161, Qur'an
[And thus] for wrongdoing on the part of the Jews, We made unlawful for them [certain] good foods which had been lawful to them, and for their averting from the way of God many [people],
and [for] their taking of usury while they had been forbidden from it, and their consuming of the people's wealth unjustly. And We have prepared for the disbelievers among them a painful punishment.

2:278 - 280, Qur'an
[So] O you who have believed, fear God and give up what remains [due to you] of interest, if you should be believers.
 And if you do not, then be informed of a war [against you] from God and His messenger.  But if you repent, you may have your principal - [thus] you do no wrong, nor are you wronged.  And if someone is in hardship, then [let there be] postponement until [a time of] ease.  But if you give [from your right as] charity, then it is better for you, if you only knew.

Leviticus 25:35 - 37, Torah
And [thus] if your brother is waxed poor, and has fallen in decay with you; then you will relieve him, [indeed, though he is] a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with you.
  Take no usury from him, or increase, but fear your God; that your brother may live with you.  You will not give him your money upon usury, nor lend him your victuals for increase. 

Ezekiel 18:12 - 13, Torah
[For if someone] has oppressed the poor and needy, has spoiled by violence, has not restored the pledge, and has lifted up his eyes to the idols, has committed abomination,
 has given forth upon usury, and has taken increase, will he then live?  He will not live, he has done all these abominations; he will surely die; his blood will be upon him.

Ezekiel 18:17, Torah
[But he who] has taken his hand off from the poor, [who] has not received usury or increase, has executed My judgements, has walked in My statutes; he will not die for the iniquity of his father, he will surely live.

3:130 - 131, Qur'an
[So] O you who have believed, do not consume usury, doubled and multiplied, but fear God that you may be successful.
 And fear the Fire, which has been prepared for the disbelievers.


Sections of Usury



Spend from that which God has Provided for you, for the Lord Makes Poor, and Makes Rich

And the Poor will Never Cease out of the Land, so Give Alms of your Substance to the Poor and the Needy

[Tobit 4:8 - 9], Torah
If you have abundance, give alms accordingly; if you have but a little, do not be afraid to give according to that little;
for you lay up a good treasure for yourself against the Day of Necessity.

36:47, Qur'an
[But] when it is said to them, "Spend from that which God has provided for you," those who disbelieve say to those who believe, "Should we feed one whom, if God had willed, He would have fed?  You are not but in clear error."

30:37, Qur'an
Do they not see that God extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]?  Indeed, in that are signs for a people who believe -

1 Samuel 2:7, Torah
[For] the Lord makes poor, and makes rich, He brings low, and lifts up.

[Shepherd of Hermas 51:10], Gospel
[And so] blessed are the rich, who also understand that they are enriched from the Lord.  For those who have this mind will be able to do some good work.

1 Timothy 6:17 - 19, Gospel
[So] charge those who are rich in this world, that they do not be high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;
that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

2:215, Qur'an
[And so] they ask you, what they should spend.  Say, "Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveler.  And whatever you do of good - indeed, God is Knowing of it."

9:60, Qur'an
[Thus] charities are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect and for bringing hearts together and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of God and for the [stranded] traveler - an obligation [imposed] by God.  And God is Knowing and Wise.

Deuteronomy 15:7, Torah
[And thus] if there is among you a poor man of one of your brethren within any of your gates in your land which the Lord your God gives you, you will not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother.

Deuteronomy 15:10 - 11, Torah
You will surely give him, and your heart will not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works, and in all that you put your hand to.
  For the poor will never cease out of the land, therefore I command you, saying, "You will open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor, and to your needy in your land."

17:28 - 30, Qur'an
[But] if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.
 And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.  Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it].  Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Aware and Seeing.

[Tobit 4:7], Torah
[So] give alms of your substance; and when you give alms, do not let your eye be envious, neither turn your face from any poor, and the Face of God will not be turned away from you.


Do Not Spend Except Seeking the Countenance of God, and it will be Fully Repaid to you

So do Not Invalidate your Charities with Reminders, as does One who Spends his Wealth to be Seen by the People

Matthew 6:1, Gospel
Take heed that you do not do your alms before men, to be seen of them, otherwise you have no reward from your [Creator] who is in the heavens.

Matthew 6:2 - 4, Gospel
Therefore when you do alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say to you, 'They have their reward.'
  But when you do alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does.  That your alms may be in the hidden, and your [Creator], who sees in the hidden Himself, will reward you openly."

2:264, Qur'an
[So] O you who have believed, do not invalidate your charities with reminders or injury as does one who spends his wealth to be seen by the people and does not believe in God and the Last Day.  His example is like that of a smooth stone upon which is dust and is hit by a downpour that leaves it bare.  They are unable [to keep] anything of what they have earned.  And God does not guide the disbelieving people.

2:272, Qur'an
[But] not upon you is [responsibility for] their guidance, but God guides whom He wills. And whatever good you [believers] spend is for yourselves, and you do not spend except seeking the Countenance of God. And whatever you spend of good - it will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.

92:18 - 21, Qur'an
[And thus he] who gives [from] his wealth to purify himself
and not for anyone who has [done] a favor to be rewarded but only seeking the Countenance of his Lord, Most High, he is going to be satisfied.

30:38, Qur'an
So give the relative his right, as well as the needy and the traveler. That is best for those who desire the Countenance of God, and it is they who will be the successful.


For those who Trust in their Wealth, No Ransom of Wealth will be Accepted

For it is Not your Wealth that Brings you Nearer to Us, but Believing and doing Righteousness

104:1 - 4, Qur'an
[So] woe to every scorner and mocker
who collects wealth and [continuously] counts it. He thinks that his wealth will make him immortal. No! He will surely be thrown into the Crusher.

James 5:1 - 3, Gospel
[So] go now, [you] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that will come upon [you].
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and their rust will be a witness against you, and will eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the Last Days -

[Book of Enoch 52:7], Torah
[Whereby] it will come to pass in those days, that neither by gold, nor by silver, will men save themselves; they will be unable to save themselves, or to flee.

2:48, Qur'an
[So] fear a Day when no soul will suffice for another soul at all, nor will intercession be accepted from it, nor will compensation be taken from it, nor will they be aided -

Job 36:18 - 19, Torah
Because [there is] wrath, [beware] unless He takes away with [His] stroke, then a great ransom cannot deliver you.
Will He esteem your riches?  [No], not gold, nor all the forces of strength.

[Book of Jubilees 5:22 - 23], Torah
[For] He is not one who will regard the person (of any), nor is He one who will receive gifts, if He says that He will execute judgement on each.
[And thus,] if one gave everything that is on the earth, He will not regard the gifts or the person (of any), nor accept anything at his hands, for He is a righteous judge.

3:91, Qur'an
[So] indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers - never would the [whole] capacity of the earth in gold be accepted from one of them if he would [seek to] ransom himself with it.  For those there will be a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers.

Psalms 49:6 - 7, Torah
[And thus] those who trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
none [of them] can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.

Proverbs 11:4, Torah
[For] riches do not profit in the Day of Wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

26:88 - 89, Qur'an
[So on that] Day there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children,
but only one who comes to God with a sound heart.

34:37, Qur'an
[For] it is not your wealth or your children that bring you nearer to Us in position, but it is [by being] one who has believed and done righteousness.  For them there will be the double reward for what they did, and they will be in the upper chambers [of Paradise], safe [and secure].