Debtor [N] [S]

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 ( Deuteronomy 24:10 Deuteronomy 24:11 ).

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

  • 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 Leviticus 25:32 Leviticus 25:39 ; Matthew 18:25 Matthew 18:34 .

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

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Debtor". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .