Thematic Bible: Security for


Thematic Bible



For you have taken your brother's goods when he was not in your debt, and have taken away the clothing of those who have need of it.

Be not one of those who give their hands in an agreement, or of those who make themselves responsible for debts:

No one is to take, on account of a debt, the stones with which grain is crushed: for in doing so he takes a man's living.

By every altar they are stretched on clothing taken from those who are in their debt, drinking in the house of their god the wine of those who have made payment for wrongdoing.

The child without a father is forced from its mother's breast, and they take the young children of the poor for debt.

If you let any of the poor among my people have the use of your money, do not be a hard creditor to him, and do not take interest. If ever you take your neighbour's clothing in exchange for the use of your money, let him have it back before the sun goes down: For it is the only thing he has for covering his skin; what is he to go to sleep in? and when his cry comes up to me, I will give ear, for my mercy is great.

If you let your brother have the use of anything which is yours, do not go into his house and take anything of his as a sign of his debt; But keep outside till he comes out and gives it to you. If he is a poor man, do not keep his property all night; read more.
But be certain to give it back to him when the sun goes down, so that he may have his clothing for sleeping in, and will give you his blessing: and this will be put to your account as righteousness before the Lord your God.

He who makes himself responsible for a strange man will undergo much loss; but the hater of such undertakings will be safe.

And there were some who said, We are giving our fields and our vine-gardens and our houses for debt: let us get grain because we are in need. And there were others who said, We have given up our fields and our vine-gardens to get money for the king's taxes.


Basic English, produced by Mr C. K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute - public domain