|1.||something that is owed, such as money, goods, or services|
|2.||bad debt a debt that has little or no prospect of being paid|
|3.||an obligation to pay or perform something; liability|
|4.||the state of owing something, esp money, or of being under an obligation (esp in the phrases in debt, in (someone's) debt)|
|5.||a temporary failure to maintain the necessary supply of something: sleep debt; oxygen debt|
|[C13: from Old French dette, from Latin dēbitum, from dēbēre to owe, from |
Something that is deficient or required to restore a normal state.
The Mosaic law encouraged the practice of lending (Deut. 15:7; Ps. 37:26; Matt. 5:42); but it forbade the exaction of interest except from foreigners. Usury was strongly condemned (Prov. 28:8; Ezek. 18:8, 13, 17; 22:12; Ps. 15:5). On the Sabbatical year all pecuniary obligations were cancelled (Deut. 15:1-11). These regulations prevented the accumulation of debt.