New International Version
If the neighbor is poor, do not go to sleep with their pledge in your possession.
King James Bible
And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:
Darby Bible Translation
And if the man be needy, thou shalt not lie down with his pledge;
World English Bible
If he be a poor man, you shall not sleep with his pledge;
Young's Literal Translation
'And if he is a poor man, thou dost not lie down with his pledge;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And if the man be poor, etc. - Did not this law preclude pledging entirely, especially in case of the abjectly poor? For who would take a pledge in the morning which he knew, if not redeemed, he must restore at night? However, he might resume his claim in the morning, and have the pledge daily returned, and thus keep up his property in it till the debt was discharged; see the note on Exodus 22:26. The Jews in several cases did act contrary to this rule, and we find them cuttingly reproved for it by the Prophet Amos, Amos 2:8.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe vineyard Labourers.
"For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. …
William Arnot—The Parables of Our Lord
On the Journey to Jerusalem - Departure from Ephraim by Way of Samaria and Galilee - Healing of Ten Lepers - Prophetic Discourse of the Coming
Stay outside and let the neighbor to whom you are making the loan bring the pledge out to you.
Return their cloak by sunset so that your neighbor may sleep in it. Then they will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the LORD your God.
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