New American Standard Bible
"For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And stripped men naked.
King James Bible
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast taken a pledge of thy brother for nought, and stripped off the clothing of the naked.
World English Bible
For you have taken pledges from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
Young's Literal Translation
For thou takest a pledge of thy brother for nought, And the garments of the naked Thou dost strip off.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought - The only evidence which Eliphaz seems to have had of this was, that this was a heinous sin, and that as Job seemed to be severely punished, it was to be "inferred" that he must have committed some such sin as this. No way of treating an unfortunate and a suffering man could be more unkind. A "pledge" is that which is given by a debtor to a creditor, for security for the payment of a debt, and would be, of course, that which was regardcd as of value. Garments, which constituted a considerable part of the wealth of the Orientals, would usually be the pledge which would be given. With us, in such cases, watches, jewelry, notes, mortgages, are given as collateral security, or as pledges. The law of Moses required, that when a man took the garment of his neighbor for a pledge, it should be restored by the time the sun went down, Exodus 22:26-27. The crime here charged on Job was, that he had exacted a pledge from another where there was no just claim to it; that is, where no debt had been contracted, where a debt; had been paid, or where the security was far beyond the value of the debt. The injustice of such a course would be obvious. It would deprive the man of the use of the property which was pledged, and it gave him to whom it was pledged an opportunity of doing wrong, as he might retain it, or dispose of it, and the real owner see it no more.
And stripped the naked of their clothing - Margin, "clothes of the naked." That is, of those who were poorly clad, or who were nearly destitute of clothes. The word naked is often used in this sense in the Scriptures; see the notes at John 21:7. The meaning here is, that Job had taken away by oppression even the garments of the poor in order to enrich himself.
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'For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. 27. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. 28. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 29. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, ... lifting up; and He shall save the humble person.'--JOB xxii. 26-29. These words are a fragment of one of the speeches of Job's friends, in which …
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"If you ever take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, you are to return it to him before the sun sets,
"No one shall take a handmill or an upper millstone in pledge, for he would be taking a life in pledge.
"You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow's garment in pledge.
"They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; They take the widow's ox for a pledge.
"They spend the night naked, without clothing, And have no covering against the cold.
"Others snatch the orphan from the breast, And against the poor they take a pledge.
If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering,
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