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1. More interest than legally allowed; or indiscriminate interest; or any interest.

The OT distinguishes bet. taking interest from a fellow believer and taking it from others. (Ex 22:25–27: Lv 25:35–37; Dt 23:20)

2. Gratuitous lending is commended Lk 6:34–35. Taking interest is allowed Mt 25:14–30; Lk 19:12–27.

3. In the ch., taking interest was condemned at least as early as the syn. of Elvira* 306. SC, Preface, 12: “Usury and avarice have burst in like a deluge and have taken on the color of legality.”

4. Among Luths. in Am., C. F. W. Walther* especially opposed taking interest.

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