Various regulations as to the relation between debtor and creditor are laid down in the Scriptures.

  1. The debtor was to deliver up as a pledge to the creditor what he could most easily dispense with (Deuteronomy 24:10-11).

  2. A mill, or millstone, or upper garment, when given as a pledge, could not be kept over night (Exodus 22:26-27).

  3. A debt could not be exacted during the Sabbatic year (Deuteronomy 15:1-15).

    For other laws bearing on this relation see Leviticus 25:14, 32, 39; Matthew 18:25, 34.

  4. A surety was liable in the same way as the original debtor (Proverbs 11:15; 17:18).

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