1At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.2And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it ; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD' release.3Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again : but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;4Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:5Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.6For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.7If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:8But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.9Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.10Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.11For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.12And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.13And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:14Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.15And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.16And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;17Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.18It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee , in serving thee six years: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.19All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.20Thou shalt eat it before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, thou and thy household.21And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God.22Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart.23Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.
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The Sabbatical Year
1“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. (Ex 23:10; Le 25:2; De 15:12; De 31:10; Ne 10:31)2And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord’s release has been proclaimed.3Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. (De 23:20)4But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess— (De 15:11; De 28:8)5if only you will strictly obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today. (De 28:1)6For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you. (Ex 23:25; De 7:13; De 28:12; De 28:13; De 28:44; 1Ki 4:21; 1Ki 4:24; Ezr 4:20; Pr 22:7)7“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, (1Jo 3:17)8but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. (Le 25:35; Mt 5:42; Lu 6:34)9Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. (De 24:15; De 28:54; De 28:56; Pr 23:6; Pr 28:22; Mt 20:15; Mt 25:41)10You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. (De 14:29; Pr 28:27; 2Co 9:7)11For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (De 15:8; Mt 26:11; Mr 14:7; Joh 12:8)12“If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you. (Ex 21:2; Le 25:39; Jer 34:14)13And when you let him go free from you, you shall not let him go empty-handed.14You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, out of your threshing floor, and out of your winepress. As the Lord your God has blessed you, you shall give to him. (De 8:18; De 16:17)15You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today. (De 5:15)16But if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is well-off with you, (Ex 21:5)17then you shall take an awl, and put it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your slave forever. And to your female slave you shall do the same.18It shall not seem hard to you when you let him go free from you, for at half the cost of a hired worker he has served you six years. So the Lord your God will bless you in all that you do.19“All the firstborn males that are born of your herd and flock you shall dedicate to the Lord your God. You shall do no work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock. (Ex 13:2)20You shall eat it, you and your household, before the Lord your God year by year at the place that the Lord will choose. (De 12:7; De 14:23; De 14:26)21But if it has any blemish, if it is lame or blind or has any serious blemish whatever, you shall not sacrifice it to the Lord your God. (Le 22:20)22You shall eat it within your towns. The unclean and the clean alike may eat it, as though it were a gazelle or a deer. (De 12:15)23Only you shall not eat its blood; you shall pour it out on the ground like water. (Le 3:17)