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Deuteronomy 24:11

11 Stay outside and let the neighbor to whom you are making the loan bring the pledge out to you.

Read Deuteronomy 24:11 Using Other Translations

Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.
You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you make the loan shall bring the pledge out to you.
You must wait outside while he goes in and brings it out to you.

What does Deuteronomy 24:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 24:11

Thou shall stand abroad
Without doors, in the street, as the Targum of Jonathan, while the borrower or debtor looks out, and brings forth what he can best spare as a pledge:

and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad
unto thee;
now as, on the one hand, if the lender or creditor had been allowed to go in and take what he pleased for a pledge, he would choose the best; so, on the other hand, the borrower or debtor would be apt to bring the worst, what was of the least value and use; wherefore the Jews made it a rule that it should be of a middling sort, between both, lest it should be a discouragement and hinderance to lend upon pledges {l}.


FOOTNOTES:

F12 Misn. Gittin, c. 5. sect. 1. Maimon. & Bartenora in ib.
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