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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary Hebrew Lexicon
Strong's #4855 - מַשָּׁא
1) lending on interest, usury
1a) in Nehemiah 5:11, the rate of “usury” was only one per cent
1320) sn (נסה NSh) AC: Loan CO: Debt AB: Deception: The pictograph n is a picture of a seed representing continuance, the s is a picture of teeth representing pressure. Combined these mean "continual pressing". An imposition such as a debt or deception which causes oppression. (eng: gnash)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
מַשָּׁא m. (from the root נָשָׁא).
(1) usury, Nehemiah 5:7.
(2) a debt, i.q. מַשָּׁאָה. Nehemiah 10:32, מַשָּׁא כָל־יָד “the debts of every hand,” i.e. all debts, perhaps so called from the debtor’s promising, by giving his right hand, to pay back the borrowed money. Other MSS. and editions read מַשָּׂא the burden of every hand, which is less suitable.