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27 for it is his only covering—it is his garment for his body.[a] What else can he sleep in?[b] And[c] when he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am gracious.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 22:27 tn Heb “his skin.”
  2. Exodus 22:27 tn Literally the text reads, “In what can he lie down?” The cloak would be used for a covering at night to use when sleeping. The garment, then, was the property that could not be taken and not given back—it was the last possession. The modern idiom of “the shirt off his back” gets at the point being made here.
  3. Exodus 22:27 tn Heb “and it will be.”

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