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A pledge is an oath. Pledge or The pledge may also refer to:

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  • The Pledge: Requiem for the Detective Novel, a detective novella by Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt.
  • The Pledge (film), a film, directed by Sean Penn, based on the D├╝rrenmatt book
  • The Pledge [Remix], a song on the album Last Temptation by American rapper Ja Rule
  • A Gunfighter's Pledge, a 2008 TV movie, the working title was "The Pledge"

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The Mosaic law required that when an Israelite needed to borrow, what he asked was to be freely lent to him, and no interest was to be charged, although interest might be taken of a foreigner (Ex 22:25; Deut 23:19, 20; Lev 25:35-38). At the end of seven years all debts were remitted. Of a foreigner the loan might, however, be exacted. At a later period of the Hebrew commonwealth, when commerce increased, the practice of exacting usury or interest on loans, and of suretiship in the commercial sense, grew up. Yet the exaction of it from a Hebrew was regarded as discreditable (Ps 155; Prov 6:1, 4; 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 27:13; Jer 15:10).

Limitations are prescribed by the law to the taking of a pledge from the borrower. The outer garment in which a man slept at night, if taken in pledge, was to be returned before sunset (Ex 22:26, 27; Deut 24:12, 13). A widow's garment (Deut 24:17) and a millstone (6) could not be taken. A creditor could not enter the house to reclaim a pledge, but must remain outside till the borrower brought it (10, 11). The Hebrew debtor could not be retained in bondage longer than the seventh year, or at farthest the year of jubilee (Ex 21:2; Lev 25:39, 42), but foreign sojourners were to be "bondmen for ever" (Lev 25:44-54).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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