|Deuteronomy 15 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "At the end of every seven years you shall release [all who owe you].
2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lends something to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his brother because this is called the LORD's release.
3 Of a foreigner you may require repayment; but what is yours borrowed by your brother, your hand shall release;
4 So that there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless you in the land that the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it;
5 But only if you carefully listen to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe to do all these commandments that I command you this day.
6 For the LORD your God blesses you, as he promised you; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
7 If there is among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any of your gates in your land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother;
8 But you shall open your hand wide to him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his needs, in whatever he needs.
9 Beware that there is not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand;' and your eye is evil against your poor brother, and you give him nothing; and he cries to the LORD against you, and it becomes sin to you.
10 You shall surely give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him because for doing this thing the LORD your God shall bless you in all your works, and in all that you put your hand to.
11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor, and to your needy, in your land.'
12 And if your brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you and serves you six years; then in the seventh year you shall let that one go free from you.
13 And when you send that one out free from you, you shall not that one go away empty handed.
14 You shall furnish that one liberally out of your flock, and out of your floor, and out of your winepress; of that with which the LORD your God has blessed you, you shall give to that one.
15 And you shall remember that you were a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this thing today.
16 And it shall be, if he says to you, 'I will not go away from you;' because he loves you and your house, because he is well with you;
17 Then you shall take an awl, and thrust it through his ear to the door, and he shall be your servant forever. And also to your maidservant you shall do likewise.
18 It shall not seem hard to you, when you send him away free from you; for he has been worth a double hired servant to you in serving you six years; and the LORD your God shall bless you in all that you do.
19 All the first born males that come from your herd and from your flock shall be sanctified to the LORD your God; you shall do no work with the first born of your bullock, nor shear the first born of your sheep.
20 You shall eat it before the LORD your God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, both you and your household.
21 And if there is any blemish in it, as if it is lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.
22 You shall eat it within your gates; the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart.
23 Only you shall not eat the blood of it; you shall pour it upon the ground as water."
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