Bankers. Borrowing money at a rate of interest has been practiced in Israel in modern times among the natives. Two references from JESUS indicate it was done in his day:
"Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury [interest]" (Matthew 25:27). "Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury [interest]" (Luke 19:23).
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