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"[For] he [who] has not given forth upon usury, neither has taken any increase, [who] has withdrawn his hand from iniquity, has executed true judgement between man and man, has walked in My statutes, and has kept My judgements, to deal truly; he [is] just, he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
[Thus] for wrongdoing on the part of the Jews, We made unlawful for them their taking of usury while they had been forbidden from it, and their consuming of the people's wealth unjustly, and [certain] good foods which had been lawful to them, and for their averting from the way of God many [people].  [And thus] 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.


What you Give in Alms, those are the Multipliers

Not as a Favor to be Rewarded, but Only Seeking the Countenance of God

30:39, Qur'an
Whatever you give for interest to increase within the wealth of people will not increase with God.  But what you give in alms, desiring the Countenance of God - those are the multipliers.

2:276 - 277, Qur'an
[For] God destroys interest and gives increase for charities.  And God does not like every sinning disbeliever.  [But] those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give alms will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.

92:18 - 21, Qur'an
[And thus the one] 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 -

2:261, Qur'an
[For] the example of those who spend their wealth in the way of God is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains.  And God multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills.  And God is all-Encompassing and Knowing.

Matthew 6:1 - 4, Gospel
[But] 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.  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 -

Luke 6:34 - 35, Gospel
[The ones who] lend [to those] of whom [they] hope to receive, what thanks do [they] have?  For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  But lend, hoping for nothing again, and love your enemies, and do good; and your reward will be great -

2:262 - 263, Qur'an
[For] those who spend their wealth in the way of God and then do not follow up what they have spent with reminders [of it] or [other] injury will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.  Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury.  And God is Free of need and Forbearing.


God Extends Provision for whom He Wills and Restricts it

So Whatever you Spend of Good is for Parents and Relatives and Orphans and the Needy and the Traveler

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."

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 - 38, 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.  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.

9:60, Qur'an
[Thus] alms expenditures 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.

[Tobit 4:7 - 9], 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.  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.

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, Acquainted and Seeing.

2:270 - 271, Qur'an
[Thus] whatever you spend of expenditures or make of vows - indeed, God knows of it.  And for the wrongdoers there are no helpers.  If you disclose your charitable expenditures, they are good; but if you conceal them and give them to the poor, it is better for you, and He will remove from you some of your misdeeds [thereby].  And God, with what you do, is [fully] Acquainted.


No Ransom of Wealth will be Accepted

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

70:11 - 14, Qur'an
[On the Day of Resurrection,] they will be shown each other.  The criminal will wish that he could be ransomed from the punishment of that Day by his children and his wife and his brother and his nearest kindred who shelter him and whoever is on earth entirely [so] then it could save him.

10:54, Qur'an
And [thus] if each soul that wronged had everything on earth, it would offer it in ransom.  [But] they will confide regret when they see the punishment; and they will be judged in justice, and they will not be wronged -

Job 36:17 - 19, Torah
[For they] have fulfilled the judgement of the wicked judgement and justice takes hold [on them].  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.

Psalms 49:6 - 8, 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.  For the redemption of their soul [is] precious, and it ceases forever.

5:36, Qur'an
[So] indeed, those who disbelieve - if they should have all that is in the earth and the like of it with it by which to ransom themselves from the punishment of the Day of Resurrection, it will not be accepted from them, and for them is a painful punishment.

Matthew 16:26, Gospel
[Thus,] what is a man profited, if he will gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

16:95 - 96, Qur'an
[So] do not exchange the covenant of God for a small price.  Indeed, what is with God is best for you, if only you could know.  Whatever you have will end, but what God has is lasting.  And We will surely give those who were patient their reward according to the best of what they used to do.

92:8 - 11, Qur'an
But as for he who withholds and considers himself free of need and denies the best [reward], We will ease him toward difficulty.  And what will his wealth avail him when he falls?

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].

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