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Deuteronomy 24:12-13

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24:12 If the person is poor you may not use what he gives you as security for a covering. 1  24:13 You must by all means 2  return to him at sunset the item he gave you as security so that he may sleep in his outer garment and bless you for it; it will be considered a just 3  deed by the Lord your God.

1 tn Heb “may not lie down in his pledge.” What is in view is the use of clothing as guarantee for the repayment of loans, a matter already addressed elsewhere (Deut 23:19-20; 24:6; cf. Exod 22:25-26; Lev 25:35-37). Cf. NAB “you shall not sleep in the mantle he gives as a pledge”; NRSV “in the garment given you as the pledge.”

2 tn The Hebrew text uses the infinitive absolute for emphasis, which the translation seeks to reflect with “by all means.”

3 tn Or “righteous” (so NIV, NLT).



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