25While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD said to him,H3068H1696H4872H2022H5514H559 2"Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you have entered the land I am giving you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath rest before the LORD every seventh year.H1696H1121H3478H559H935H776H5414H776H7673H7676H3068 3For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops,H8337H8141H2232H7704H8337H8141H2168H3754H622H8393 4but during the seventh year the land must have a Sabbath year of complete rest. It is the LORD's Sabbath. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards during that year.H7637H8141H7676H7677H776H7676H3068H2232H7704H2168H3754 5And don't store away the crops that grow on their own or gather the grapes from your unpruned vines. The land must have a year of complete rest.H5599H7105H7114H1219H6025H5139H8141H7677H776 6But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own during its Sabbath. This applies to you, your male and female servants, your hired workers, and the temporary residents who live with you.H7676H776H402H5650H519H7916H8453H1481 7Your livestock and the wild animals in your land will also be allowed to eat what the land produces.H929H2416H776H8393H398 8"In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all.H5608H7651H7676H8141H7651H6471H7651H8141H3117H7651H7676H8141H705H8672H8141 9Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram's horn loud and long throughout the land.H7782H8643H5674H6218H7637H2320H3117H3725H7782H5674H776 10Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan.H6942H2572H8141H8141H7121H1865H776H3427H3104H7725H376H272H7725H376H4940 11This fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year you must not plant your fields or store away any of the crops that grow on their own, and don't gather the grapes from your unpruned vines.H3104H2572H8141H8141H2232H7114H5599H1219H5139 12It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must keep it holy. But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own.H3104H6944H398H8393H7704 13In the Year of Jubilee each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors.H8141H3104H7725H376H272 14"When you make an agreement with your neighbor to buy or sell property, you must not take advantage of each other.H4376H4465H5997H7069H5997H3027H3238H376H251 15When you buy land from your neighbor, the price you pay must be based on the number of years since the last jubilee. The seller must set the price by taking into account the number of years remaining until the next Year of Jubilee.H4557H8141H310H3104H7069H5997H4557H8141H8393H4376 16The more years until the next jubilee, the higher the price; the fewer years, the lower the price. After all, the person selling the land is actually selling you a certain number of harvests.H6310H7230H8141H7235H4736H6310H4591H8141H4591H4736H4557H8393H4376 17Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I am the LORD your God.H3238H376H5997H3372H430H3068H430 18"If you want to live securely in the land, follow my decrees and obey my regulations.H6213H2708H8104H4941H6213H3427H776H983 19Then the land will yield large crops, and you will eat your fill and live securely in it.H776H5414H6529H398H7648H3427H983 20But you might ask, 'What will we eat during the seventh year, since we are not allowed to plant or harvest crops that year?'H559H398H7637H8141H2232H622H8393 21Be assured that I will send my blessing for you in the sixth year, so the land will produce a crop large enough for three years.H6680H1293H8345H8141H6213H8393H7969H8141 22When you plant your fields in the eighth year, you will still be eating from the large crop of the sixth year. In fact, you will still be eating from that large crop when the new crop is harvested in the ninth year.H2232H8066H8141H398H3465H8393H8671H8141H8393H935H398H3465 23"The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me.H776H4376H6783H776H1616H8453 24"With every purchase of land you must grant the seller the right to buy it back.H776H272H5414H1353H776 25If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell some family land, then a close relative should buy it back for him.H251H4134H4376H272H7138H935H1350H1350H251H4465 26If there is no close relative to buy the land, but the person who sold it gets enough money to buy it back,H376H1350H3027H1767H5381H4672H1353 27he then has the right to redeem it from the one who bought it. The price of the land will be discounted according to the number of years until the next Year of Jubilee. In this way the original owner can then return to the land.H2803H8141H4465H7725H5736H376H4376H7725H272 28But if the original owner cannot afford to buy back the land, it will remain with the new owner until the next Year of Jubilee. In the jubilee year, the land must be returned to the original owners so they can return to their family land.H3027H1767H4672H7725H4465H3027H7069H8141H3104H3104H3318H7725H272 29"Anyone who sells a house inside a walled town has the right to buy it back for a full year after its sale. During that year, the seller retains the right to buy it back.H376H4376H4186H1004H2346H5892H1353H8552H8141H4465H3117H1353 30But if it is not bought back within a year, the sale of the house within the walled town cannot be reversed. It will become the permanent property of the buyer. It will not be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.H1350H4390H8549H8141H1004H2346H5892H6965H6783H7069H1755H3318H3104 31But a house in a village—a settlement without fortified walls—will be treated like property in the countryside. Such a house may be bought back at any time, and it must be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.H1004H2691H2346H5439H2803H7704H776H1353H3318H3104 32"The Levites always have the right to buy back a house they have sold within the towns allotted to them.H5892H3881H1004H5892H272H3881H1353H5769 33And any property that is sold by the Levites—all houses within the Levitical towns—must be returned in the Year of Jubilee. After all, the houses in the towns reserved for the Levites are the only property they own in all Israel.H1350H3881H1004H4465H5892H272H3318H3104H1004H5892H3881H272H8432H1121H3478 34The open pastureland around the Levitical towns may never be sold. It is their permanent possession.H7704H4054H5892H4376H5769H272 35"If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and cannot support himself, support him as you would a foreigner or a temporary resident and allow him to live with you.H251H4134H4131H3027H2388H1616H8453H2416 36Do not charge interest or make a profit at his expense. Instead, show your fear of God by letting him live with you as your relative.H3947H5392H8636H3372H430H251H2416 37Remember, do not charge interest on money you lend him or make a profit on food you sell him.H5414H3701H5392H5414H400H4768 38I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.H3068H430H3318H776H4714H5414H776H3667H430 39"If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell himself to you, do not treat him as a slave.H251H4134H4376H5647H5656H5650 40Treat him instead as a hired worker or as a temporary resident who lives with you, and he will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee.H7916H8453H5647H8141H3104 41At that time he and his children will no longer be obligated to you, and they will return to their clans and go back to the land originally allotted to their ancestors.H3318H1121H7725H4940H272H1H7725 42The people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves.H5650H3318H776H4714H4376H4466H5650 43Show your fear of God by not treating them harshly.H7287H6531H3372H430 44"However, you may purchase male and female slaves from among the nations around you.H5650H519H1471H5439H7069H5650H519 45You may also purchase the children of temporary residents who live among you, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property,H1121H8453H1481H7069H4940H3205H776H272 46passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat them as slaves, but you must never treat your fellow Israelites this way.H5157H1121H310H3423H272H5647H5769H251H1121H3478H7287H376H251H6531 47"Suppose a foreigner or temporary resident becomes rich while living among you. If any of your fellow Israelites fall into poverty and are forced to sell themselves to such a foreigner or to a member of his family,H1616H8453H5381H3027H251H4134H4376H1616H8453H6133H1616H4940 48they still retain the right to be bought back, even after they have been purchased. They may be bought back by a brother,H310H4376H1353H259H251H1350 49an uncle, or a cousin. In fact, anyone from the extended family may buy them back. They may also redeem themselves if they have prospered.H1730H1730H1121H1350H7607H1320H4940H1350H5381H1350H3027 50They will negotiate the price of their freedom with the person who bought them. The price will be based on the number of years from the time they were sold until the next Year of Jubilee—whatever it would cost to hire a worker for that period of time.H2803H7069H8141H4376H8141H3104H3701H4465H4557H8141H3117H7916 51If many years still remain until the jubilee, they will repay the proper proportion of what they received when they sold themselves.H7227H8141H6310H7725H1353H3701H4736 52If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, they will repay a small amount for their redemption.H7604H4592H8141H8141H3104H2803H6310H8141H7725H1353 53The foreigner must treat them as workers hired on a yearly basis. You must not allow a foreigner to treat any of your fellow Israelites harshly.H8141H8141H7916H7287H6531H5869 54If any Israelites have not been bought back by the time the Year of Jubilee arrives, they and their children must be set free at that time.H1350H3318H8141H3104H1121 55For the people of Israel belong to me. They are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.H1121H3478H5650H5650H3318H776H4714H3068H430
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