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1 He shows mercy who lends to his neighbor, for he keeps the commandments by strengthening him.
1 He that is merciful will lend unto his neighbour; and he that strengtheneth his hand keepeth the commandments.
2 Lend to your neighbor in his time of need, and receive it again from your neighbor in his time.
2 Lend to thy neighbour in time of his need, and pay thou thy neighbour again in due season.
3 Keep your word, and act faithfully with him, and then you will find whatever you need in every time.
3 Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him, and thou shalt always find the thing that is necessary for thee.
4 Many have treated a loan like found money, and they offered trouble to those who helped them.
4 Many, when a thing was lent them, reckoned it to be found, and put them to trouble that helped them.
5 Until they receive, they kiss the hands of the giver, and they humble their voice in promises.
5 Till he hath received, he will kiss a man’s hand; and for his neighbour’s money he will speak submissly: but when he should repay, he will prolong the time, and return words of grief, and complain of the time.
6 But at the time of repayment, they will ask for more time, and they will speak annoying and complaining words, and they will make excuses for the time.
7 Then, if he is able to repay, he will turn away. He will pay barely one half, and he will consider it as if he had found it.
Sir29:6 If he prevail, he shall hardly receive the half, and he will count as if he had found it: if not, he hath deprived him of his money, and he hath gotten him an enemy without cause: he payeth him with cursings and railings; and for honour he will pay him disgrace.