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Deuteronomy 15:2-3

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15:2 This is the nature of the cancellation: Every creditor must remit what he has loaned to another person; 1  he must not force payment from his fellow Israelite, 2  for it is to be recognized as “the Lord’s cancellation of debts.” 15:3 You may exact payment from a foreigner, but whatever your fellow Israelite 3  owes you, you must remit.

1 tn Heb “his neighbor,” used idiomatically to refer to another person.

2 tn Heb “his neighbor and his brother.” The words “his brother” may be a scribal gloss identifying “his neighbor” (on this idiom, see the preceding note) as a fellow Israelite (cf. v. 3). In this case the conjunction before “his brother” does not introduce a second category, but rather has the force of “that is.”

3 tn Heb “your brother.”



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