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Deuteronomy 24:12

    Deuteronomy 24:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And if the man be poor, you shall not sleep with his pledge:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And if he be a poor man, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If he is a poor man, do not keep his property all night;

    Webster's Revision

    And if he be a poor man, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge;

    World English Bible

    If he be a poor man, you shall not sleep with his pledge;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And if he be a poor man, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 24:12

    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.

    Wesley's Notes on Deuteronomy 24:12

    24:12 Thou shalt not sleep - But restore it before night, which intimates that he should take no such thing for pledge, without which a man cannot sleep.