Deuteronomy 15:3
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You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you.

New Living Translation
This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Israelites--not to the foreigners living among you.

English Standard Version
Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release.

New American Standard Bible
"From a foreigner you may exact it, but your hand shall release whatever of yours is with your brother.

King James Bible
Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You may collect something from a foreigner, but you must forgive whatever your brother owes you."

International Standard Version
You may exact payment from a foreigner, but cancel whatever your brother owes you.

NET Bible
You may exact payment from a foreigner, but whatever your fellow Israelite owes you, you must remit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You may demand that a foreigner pay, but don't collect payment on the debt another Israelite still owes you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of the foreigner thou shalt demand that it be repaid; but that which thy brother has of thine thy hand shall release,

King James 2000 Bible
Of a foreigner you may exact it again: but that which you lend to your brother your hand shall release;

American King James Version
Of a foreigner you may exact it again: but that which is your with your brother your hand shall release;

American Standard Version
Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it: but whatsoever of thine is with thy brother thy hand shall release.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of the foreigner or stranger thou mayst exact it: of thy countryman and neighbour thou shalt not have power to demand it again.

Darby Bible Translation
Of the foreigner thou mayest demand it; but what is thine with thy brother thy hand shall release;

English Revised Version
Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it: but whatsoever of thine is with thy brother thine hand shall release.

Webster's Bible Translation
Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thy hand shall release:

World English Bible
Of a foreigner you may exact it: but whatever of your is with your brother your hand shall release.

Young's Literal Translation
of the stranger thou mayest exact, and that which is thine with thy brother doth thy hand release;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:1-11 This year of release typified the grace of the gospel, in which is proclaimed the acceptable year of the Lord; and by which we obtain the release of our debts, that is, the pardon of our sins. The law is spiritual, and lays restraints upon the thoughts of the heart. We mistake, if we think thoughts are free from God's knowledge and check. That is a wicked heart indeed, which raises evil thoughts from the good law of God, as theirs did, who, because God had obliged them to the charity of forgiving, denied the charity of giving. Those who would keep from the act of sin, must keep out of their minds the very thought of sin. It is a dreadful thing to have the cry of the poor justly against us. Grudge not a kindness to thy brother; distrust not the providence of God. What thou doest, do freely, for God loves a cheerful giver, 2Co 9:7.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - A foreigner; a stranger of another nation, having no internal social relation to Israel (נָכְרִי), as distinguished from the stranger who lived among them and had claims on their benevolence (גֵּר). Of such they might exact a debt, without regard to the year of release. "This rule breathes no hatred of foreigners, but simply allows the Israelites the right of every creditor to demand his debts and enforce the demand upon foreigners, even in the sabbatical year. There was no severity in this, because foreigners could get their ordinary income in the seventh year as well as in any other" (Keil).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again,.... Either on the seventh year, or after it:

but that which is thine with thy brother, thine hand shall release; a debt that lies between them, where the one is the creditor, and the other debtor, the creditor shall freely and fully forgive the debtor. So those only are released or forgiven by the Lord who are his own, whom he has reserved for himself, or chosen to everlasting life; who are interested in the covenant of his grace, one article in which is the forgiveness of sins; and who are redeemed by the blood of Christ, a branch of which redemption is remission of sin; and who are called by grace, and believe in Christ, to whom pardon of sins is promised; but those who are foreigners and strangers, and are not the Lord's chosen, redeemed, and called people, have no share in this blessing of grace; nor such who are rich in their own esteem, and need nothing; but those who are poor and unable to pay their debts, and are sensible of their spiritual poverty, and apply to the Lord for the forgiveness of their sins.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again—Admission to all the religious privileges of the Israelites was freely granted to heathen proselytes, though this spiritual incorporation did not always imply an equal participation of civil rights and privileges (Le 25:44; Jer 34:14; compare 1Ch 22:2; 2Ch 2:17).

Deuteronomy 15:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Seventh Year
2"This is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD'S remission has been proclaimed. 3"From a foreigner you may exact it, but your hand shall release whatever of yours is with your brother. 4"However, there will be no poor among you, since the LORD will surely bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:2
This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the LORD's time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.

Deuteronomy 23:20
You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the LORD your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.
Treasury of Scripture

Of a foreigner you may exact it again: but that which is your with your brother your hand shall release;

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John 8:35 And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever.

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