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If you borrow money with interest,
you’ll end up serving the interests of your creditors,[a]
for the rich rule over the poor.
Sin is a seed that brings a harvest;
you’ll reap a heap of trouble with every seed you plant.
For your investment in sins pays a full return—
the full punishment you deserve![b]
When you are generous[c] to the poor,
you are enriched with blessings in return.

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  1. Proverbs 22:7 The Septuagint reads “The servant will lend to his own master.”
  2. Proverbs 22:8 As translated from the Septuagint.
  3. Proverbs 22:9 The Hebrew word translated as “generous” here actually means “to have a bountiful eye.” It is a figure of speech for generosity, a life of helping others.

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