|Leviticus 25 |
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses in mount Sinai, saying,
2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, 'When you come into the land that I will give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the LORD.
3 For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruit;
4 But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of rest to the land, a sabbath for the LORD; you shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.
5 What grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, neither gather the grapes of your untended vine for it is a year of rest to the land.
6 And the sabbath of the land shall be food for you; for you, and for your servant, and for your maid, and for your hired servant, and for your stranger that sojourns with you.
7 And for your cattle, and for the beast that are in your land, shall all its increase be food.
8 And you shall number seven sabbaths of years to yourself, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty nine years.
9 Then shall you cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement you shall make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
10 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his ancestral possession, and you shall return every man to his family.
11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; you shall not sow, neither reap what grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of your undressed vine.
12 For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat the increase of it out of the field.
13 In the year of this jubilee you shall return every man to his ancestral possession.
14 And if you sell something to your neighbor, or buy something of your neighbor's hand, you shall not oppress one another.
15 According to the number of years after the jubilee you shall buy of your neighbor, and according to the number of years of the fruits he shall sell to you.
16 According to the multitude of years [remaining before the next jubilee] you shall increase its price, and according to the fewness of years you shall diminish the price of it; for according to the number of the years of the fruits, he sells to you.
17 Therefore you shall not oppress one another; but you shall fear your God for I am the LORD your God.
18 Therefore you shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and you shall dwell in the land in safety.
19 And the land shall yield her fruit, and you shall eat your fill, and dwell in it in safety.
20 And if you shall say, 'What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase.'
21 Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.
22 And you shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in, you shall eat of the old store.
23 The land shall not be sold forever for the land is mine, and you are strangers and sojourners with me.
24 And in all the land of your possession you shall grant the right of redemption for the land.
25 If your brother has grown poor, and has sold some of his property, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then his kin shall be allowed to redeem what his brother sold.
26 And if the man has no one to redeem it, but he himself is able to redeem it;
27 Then let him count the years of its sale, and restore the overpayment to the man to whom he sold it; that he may return to his possession.
28 But if he is not able to restore it to him, then what is sold shall remain in the hand of him who has bought it until the year of jubilee; and in the Jubilee Year it shall restored to him, and he shall return to his possession.
29 And if a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; within a full year may he redeem it.
30 And if it is not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be established forever to him who bought it throughout his generations; it shall not be returned in the Jubilee Year.
31 But the houses of the villages that have no wall around them shall be counted as the fields of the country; they may be redeemed, and they be restored in the Jubilee Year.
32 The exception is the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, which the Levites may redeem at any time.
33 And if a man purchases of the Levites, then the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, shall be returned in the year of jubilee, for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel.
34 But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession.
35 And if your brother becomes poor, and has fallen in sickness or old age, then you shall support him: Yes, as though he is a stranger or a sojourner so that he may live with you.
36 Take no usury of him or increase, but fear your God so that your brother may live with you.
37 You shall not lend him your money with interest, nor lend him your food for profit.
38 I am the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.
39 And if your brother that dwells by you are grows poor and is sold to you; you shall not compel him to serve as a bondservant;
40 But he shall be with you as a hired servant and as a sojourner, and he shall serve you until the year of jubilee.
41 And then shall he depart from you, both he and his children with him, and shall return to his own family, and he shall return to the ancestral possession of his fathers.
42 For they are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as bondmen.
43 You shall not rule over him severely, but you shall fear your God.
44 Both your bondmen, and your bondmaids, which you shall have, shall be of the heathen that are in neighboring lands; you shall buy of them for bondmen and bondmaids.
45 Moreover you shall buy the children of the strangers that sojourn among you, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land; and they shall be your possession.
46 And you shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen forever; but over your brothers the children of Israel, you shall not rule one over another with severity.
47 And if a sojourner or stranger becomes rich by you, and your brother that dwells by him becomes poor, and sells himself to the stranger or sojourner by you, or to the stock of the stranger's family;
48 After he is sold, he may be redeemed again; one of his brothers may redeem him.
49 Or his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that is near of kin to him of his family may redeem him; or if he is able, he may redeem himself.
50 And he shall figure with him who bought him from the year that he was sold to him to the year of jubilee; and the price of his sale shall be according to the number of years [remaining to the Jubilee], according to the time of an hired servant shall it be with him.
51 If there are yet many years remaining, according to that number he shall return the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for.
52 And if there remains only few years to the year of jubilee, then he shall count with him, and according to his years shall he give him again the price of his redemption.
53 And as a yearly hired servant he [the Israelite] shall be with him; and the stranger or sojourner shall not rule with severity over him in your sight.
54 And if he is not redeemed in these years, then he shall be freed in the year of jubilee, both he, and his children with him.
55 For to me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.'"
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