Deuteronomy 24:6

Overview - Deuteronomy 24
Of divorce.
A new married man goes not to war.
Of pledges.
Of man-stealers.
Of leprosy.
10 Of pledges.
14 The hire is to be given.
16 Of justice.
19 Of charity.
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Deuteronomy 24:6  (King James Version)
No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge.

shall take
Small hand-mills, which ground at one time only a sufficient quantity for a day's consumption; hence they were forbidden to take either of the stones to pledge, because if they did, they would be deprived of the means of preparing their necessary food, and the family be without bread. On this account they are called in the text, a man's life. The same reason holds good against receiving in pledge, or distraining for debt, any instrument of labour, by which men earn their livelihood.
Exodus 22:26 Exodus 22:27 ; Revelation 18:22

20:19 Genesis 44:30 ; Luke 12:15