Biblical and Prophetic

The Dead Sea Scrolls.

" . . Cursed be [S]atan in his hostile design, and damned in his guilty dominion. Cursed be all the spirits of his [lo]t in their wicked design . . . For they are a lot of darkness and their visitation is for eternal destruction. Amen, amen. . . [Cursed be a]ll those who practi[se] their [wicked designs] . . . [plotting against Go]d'[s Covenant] . . . to exchange the judgemen[ts of truth for folly.]"1

The Old Testament.

"I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me . . . " [Exodus 20:5]2a GNOSTICS DAWKINS

"Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.." [Leviticus 19:18].2b NEW TESTAMENT

"Take thou no usury of him: but fear God . . . Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase" [Leviticus 25:36-37].2c

"At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release. And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it . . . Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again . . . " [Deuteronomy 15:1-3].2d*

"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender" [Proverbs 22:7].2e* HERZL SARTRE

"That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there" [Ecclesiastes 3:15-16].2f* PLOTINUS AUGUSTINE HEGEL NIETZSCHE HEIDEGGER

"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all." [Ecclesiastes 9:11].2g* PLOTINUS HAYEK AYOUB

" . . . [M]oney answereth all things." [Ecclesiastes 10:19].2h DIOGENES NEW TESTAMENT SPENGLER HAYEK

"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me . . . 
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." [Isaiah 45:5-7].2i*

"If he . . .
"Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live?
he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him
." [Ezekiel 18:10-13].2j

"REJOICE not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor. . .
"The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine inequity, and the great hatred.
"All their wickedness is in Gil-gal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings. I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. . .
"My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
" [Hosea 9:1-17].2k* LUTHER

The New Testament.

"And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers . . . And the scribes and chief priests . . . sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine" [St. Mark 11:15-18].3a AL-GHAZALI HEIDEGGER PAGELS

" . . . [T]here is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known" [St. Matthew 10:26].3b HEIDEGGER

" . . . [A] man's foes shall be they of his own household" [St. Matthew 10:36].3c* BUDDHA

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God . . . 
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." [St. Matthew 22:37-40].3d

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him. If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man; how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
" [St. John 8:31-34].3e*

" . . . [T]he law entered, that the offense might abound" [Romans 5:20].3f DESCARTES RICOEUR

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." [Ephesians 6:10-12]

" . . . [T]he love of money is the root of all evil" [Timothy 6:10].3h DIOGENES OLD TESTAMENT HOBBES SPENGLER HAYEK

" . . . [T]he priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. . . the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of better hope did . . . " [Hebrews 8:12 and 19].3i* HEGEL RICOEUR

The Koran.

"That which you seek to increase by usury will not be blessed by God; but the alms you give for His sake shall be repaid to you many times over." [The Greeks 30:39].4a

"Do not devour one another's property by unjust means, nor bribe with it the judges in order that you may wrongfully and knowingly usurp the possessions of other men." [The Cow 2:188].4b UPANISHADS

"Those that live in usury shall rise up before God like men whom Satan has demented by his touch; for they claim that trading is no different from usury." [The Cow 2:275].4c

"Believers, do not live on usury, doubling your wealth many times over. Have fear of God, that you may prosper." [The 'Imrans 3:130].4d

"Give orphans the property which belongs to them. Do not exchange their valuables for worthless things or cheat them of their possession; for this would surely be a great sin." [Women 4:3].4e


* Italics in the original.

1 Geza Vermes. The Dead Sea Scrolls. 4th ed. G. Vermes, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1975, 1987, 1995. Penguin Group. London, England: Penguin Books Ltd., at 185. (The liturgical curse identified as 4Q286-7 was published by J.T. Milik, Journal of Jewish Studies 23, 1972, 126-35.)

2 The Holy Bible. The Old Testament. King James Version. London, England: Collins' Clear-Type Press, 1957.
a Exodus 20:5.
Leviticus 19:18.

c Leviticus 25:36-37.
d Deuteronomy 15:1-3.
e Proverbs 22:7.
f Ecclesiastes 3:15-16.
g Ecclesiastes 9:11.
h Ecclesiastes 10:19.
i Isaiah 45:5-7..
j Ezekiel 18:10-13.
Hosea 9:1-17.

3 The Holy Bible. The New Testament. King James Version. London, England: Collins' Clear-Type Press, 1957.
a St. Mark 11:15-18.
b St. Matthew 10:26.
c St. Matthew 10:36.
d St. Matthew 22:37-40.
e St. John, 8:31-34.
f Romans 5:20.
g Ephesians 6:10-12..
h Timothy 6:10.
i Hebrews 8:12 and 19.

4 The Koran. Translated, with Notes, by N.J. Dawood. N.J. Dawood, 1956, 1959, 1966, 1968, 1974, 1990, 1993. London, England: Penguin Books Ltd.
a The Greeks 30:39..
The Cow 2:188.
c The Cow 2:275.
d The 'Imrans 3:130
e Women 4:3.