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Various regulations as to the relation between debtor and creditor are laid down in the Scriptures.
The debtor was to deliver up as a pledge to the creditor what he could most easily dispense with (Deut. 24:10-11).
A mill, or millstone, or upper garment, when given as a pledge, could not be kept over night (Ex. 22:26-27).
A debt could not be exacted during the Sabbatic year (Deut. 15:1-15).
For other laws bearing on this relation see Lev. 25:14, 32, 39; Matt. 18:25, 34.
A surety was liable in the same way as the original debtor (Prov. 11:15; 17:18).