Deuteronomy 24:6
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New International Version
Do not take a pair of millstones--not even the upper one--as security for a debt, because that would be taking a person's livelihood as security.

King James Bible
No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge.

Darby Bible Translation
No man shall take the hand-mill or the upper millstone in pledge; for it would be taking life in pledge.

World English Bible
No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he takes [a man's] life to pledge.

Young's Literal Translation
None doth take in pledge millstones, and rider, for life it is he is taking in pledge.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The nether or the upper mill-stone - Small hand-mills which can be worked by a single person were formerly in use among the Jews, and are still used in many parts of the East. As therefore the day's meal was generally ground for each day, they keeping no stock beforehand, hence they were forbidden to take either of the stones to pledge, because in such a case the family must be without bread. On this account the text terms the millstone the man's life.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

shall take Small hand-mills, which ground at one time only a sufficient quantity for day's consumption; hence they were forbidden to take either of the stones to pledge, because if they did, they would be deprived of the means of preparing their necessary food, and the family be without bread, and the family be without bread. On this account they are called in the text, {a man's life} The same reason holds good against receiving in pledge, or distraining for debt, any instrument of labour, by which men earn their livelihood

Exodus 22:26,27 If you at all take your neighbor's raiment to pledge, you shall deliver it to him by that the sun goes down...

Revelation 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and no craftsman...


Deuteronomy 20:19 When you shall besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it...

Genesis 44:30 Now therefore when I come to your servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;

Luke 12:15 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness...

The vineyard Labourers.
"For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
William Arnot—The Parables of Our Lord

On the Journey to Jerusalem - Departure from Ephraim by Way of Samaria and Galilee - Healing of Ten Lepers - Prophetic Discourse of the Coming
The brief time of rest and quiet converse with His disciples in the retirement of Ephraim was past, and the Saviour of men prepared for His last journey to Jerusalem. All the three Synoptic Gospels mark this, although with varying details. [4875] From the mention of Galilee by St. Matthew, and by St. Luke of Samaria and Galilee - or more correctly, between (along the frontiers of) Samaria and Galilee,' we may conjecture that, on leaving Ephraim, Christ made a very brief detour along the northern
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Matthew 24:41
Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Exodus 22:26
If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset,

Deuteronomy 24:5
If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.

Deuteronomy 24:7
If someone is caught kidnapping a fellow Israelite and treating or selling them as a slave, the kidnapper must die. You must purge the evil from among you.

Job 22:6
You demanded security from your relatives for no reason; you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.

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