8 Oct 19

This is eight hundred years before Christ and still true. There are those who build wealth by borrowing for war and empire and glory and loot (never forget the loot). Many are not warlords, but bankers, intelligence operatives, those involved in statecraft for country and profit.

But the debt must be paid. It must always be paid — if not by the debtor, by the creditor and the community as the loan is written off and a less income is available — to live on or be taxed.

Making profit out of the destruction of peoples has always, again, been wrong. Aid agencies, making an income out of such, should take note.

Habakkuk 2:5-11
5 “Furthermore, wine betrays the haughty man,
So that he does not stay at home.
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
And he is like death, never satisfied.
He also gathers to himself all nations
And collects to himself all peoples.

6 “Will not all of these take up a taunt-song against him,
Even mockery and insinuations against him
And say, ‘Woe to him who increases what is not his—
For how long—
And makes himself rich with loans?’
7 “Will not your creditors rise up suddenly,
And those who collect from you awaken?
Indeed, you will become plunder for them.
8 “Because you have looted many nations,
All the remainder of the peoples will loot you—
Because of human bloodshed and violence done to the land,
To the town and all its inhabitants.

9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house
To put his nest on high,
To be delivered from the hand of calamity!
10 “You have devised a shameful thing for your house
By cutting off many peoples;
So you are sinning against yourself.
11 “Surely the stone will cry out from the wall,
And the rafter will answer it from the framework.