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October 21, 2005


Jared Cramer

Fr. David,

Wow. I'm a second year seminary student who has been struggling with these issues of authority. Your essay was clear, powerful and compelling. Thanks for your insights.



"Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be" where did this quote come from? Is it in the bible?


I need to know if the saying of "Neither a borrower nor lender be" is in the bible. Thank you



The saying "Neither a borrower nor lender be" is from Shakespeare's Hamlet.


Hamed Elbarki

Great article. Thanks for the pleasant read....

Sarah Mason

You know, I actually have tried to apply this scripture to my daily life, although I did not interpret it to mean "don't participate in the banking industry", which did not really exist in the time this was written, but as a personal directive not to take advantage of people who were desperate enough to ask to borrow money. I took it as a directive of my personal relationship with the person asking, along the lines of Biblical directives of hospitality (like having as guests those who you did not expect to be able to return the favor). I am not supposed to expect a profit for kindness. It was about my relationship with the borrower. Since I have no relationship with the person the bank might lend the money in my savings account, I do not feel the same sense of responsibility towards that person as I would, say a co-worker who forgot lunch money, or a family member trying to scrape up a car payment, or the young gal helping us out several years ago who needed an advance to keep her cell phone from being turned off. It is right up there with the Biblical directive to forgive the debts of those who cannot pay you back. This scripture does have relevance to our daily lives.
Participating in the banking industry should not be give one leeway to ignore the Biblical directive for unmarried persons to live in chastity.


How does "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" compare with Matthew 5: 42—
"Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."

This is really quite confusing! To lend or not to lend, that is the question. Thanks!

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