Deuteronomy 24:11

11 You shall wait outside, while the person to whom you are making the loan brings the pledge out to you.

Deuteronomy 24:11 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Deuteronomy 24:11 In-Context

9 Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam on your journey out of Egypt.
10 When you make your neighbor a loan of any kind, you shall not go into the house to take the pledge.
11 You shall wait outside, while the person to whom you are making the loan brings the pledge out to you.
12 If the person is poor, you shall not sleep in the garment given you as the pledge.
13 You shall give the pledge back by sunset, so that your neighbor may sleep in the cloak and bless you; and it will be to your credit before the Lord your God.