The Sabbatic Year
1 “aAt the end° of [every] seven° years° you shall Igrant° a remission° [of debts]. 2 This° is the manner° of remission°: every° creditor°°° shall release° what° he has loaned° to his neighbor°; he shall not exact° it of his neighbor° and his brother°, because° the LORD’S° remission° has been proclaimed°. 3 aFrom a foreigner° you may exact° [it], but your hand° shall release° whatever° of yours is with your brother°. 4 However°, there will be no° poor° among you, since° athe LORD° will surely° bless° you in the land° which° the LORD° your God° is giving° you as an inheritance° to possess°, 5 if° only° you listen° obediently° to the voice° of the LORD° your God°, to observe° carefully° all° this° commandment° which° I am commanding° you today°. 6 aFor the LORD° your God° will bless° you as He has promised° you, and you will lend° to many° nations°, but you will not borrow°; and you will rule° over many° nations°, but they will not rule° over you.
7 ¶ “If° there is aa poor° man° with you, one° of your brothers°, in any° of your Itowns° in your land° which° the LORD° your God° is giving° you, byou shall not harden° your heart°, nor° close° your hand° from your poor° brother°; 8 but ayou shall freely° open° your hand° to him, and shall generously° lend° him sufficient° for his need° [in] whatever° he lacks°. 9 Beware° that there is no° base° Ithought° in your heart°, saying°, ‘aThe seventh° year°, the year° of remission°, is near°,’ and byour eye° is hostile° toward your poor° brother°, and you give° him nothing°; then he cmay cry° to the LORD° against° you, and it will be a sin° in you. 10 You shall generously° give° to him, and your heart° shall not be grieved° when you give° to him, because°° afor this° thing° the LORD° your God° will bless° you in all° your work° and in all° Iyour undertakings°°. 11 aFor the poor° will never° cease° [to be] Iin the land°; therefore°° I command° you, saying°, ‘You shall freely° open° your hand° to your brother°, to your needy° and poor° in your land°.’
 ILit gates aLv 25:35; Dt 15:11 b1 Jn 3:17
 aMt 5:42; Lk 6:34; Ga 2:10
 ILit word aDt 15:1 bMt 20:15 cEx 22:23; Dt 24:15; Jb 34:28; Ps 12:5; Jm 5:4
 ILit the putting forth of your hand aDt 14:29; Ps 41:1; Pv 22:9
 ILit in the midst of aMt 26:11; Mk 14:7; Jn 12:8
12 ¶ “aIf° your Ikinsman°, a Hebrew° man° or° woman°, is sold° to you, then he shall serve° you six° years°, but in the seventh° year° you shall set° him IIfree°. 13 When° you set° him Ifree°, you shall not send° him away° empty-handed°. 14 You shall furnish° him liberally° from your flock° and from your threshing° floor° and from your wine° vat°; you shall give° to him as the LORD° your God° has blessed° you. 15 You shall remember° that you were a slave° in the land° of Egypt°, and the LORD° your God° redeemed° you; therefore°° I command° you Ithis° today°. 16 It shall come° about aif° he says° to you, ‘I will not go° out from you,’ because° he loves° you and your household°, since° he fares well° with you; 17 then you shall take° an awl° and pierce° it through his ear° into the door°, and he shall be your servant° forever°. Also° you shall do° likewise° to your maidservant°.
 ILit brother IILit free from you aEx 21:2-6; Lv 25:39-43; Jr 34:14
 ILit free from you
 ILit this thing
 aEx 21:5, 6
18 ¶ “It shall not seem° hard° to you when you set° him Ifree°, for he has given° you six° years° [with] IIdouble° the service° of a hired° man°; so the LORD° your God° will bless° you in whatever°° you do°.
19 ¶ “aYou shall consecrate° to the LORD° your God° all° the firstborn° males° that are born° of your herd° and of your flock°; you shall not work° with the firstborn° of your herd°, nor° shear° the firstborn° of your flock°. 20 aYou and your household° shall eat° it every° year° before° the LORD° your God° in the place° which° the LORD° chooses°. 21 aBut if° it has° any Idefect°, [such as] lameness° or° blindness°, [or] any° serious° Idefect°, you shall not sacrifice° it to the LORD° your God°. 22 You shall eat° it within your gates°; athe unclean° and the clean° alike° [may eat it], as aa gazelle° or a deer°. 23 Only° ayou shall not eat° its blood°; you are to pour° it out on the ground° like water°.
 aEx 13:2, 12
 aLv 7:15-18; Dt 12:5; 14:23
 ILit blemish aLv 22:19-25; Dt 17:1
 aDt 12:15, 16, 22
 aGn 9:4; Lv 7:26; 17:10; 19:26; Dt 12:16, 23
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The seventh year a year of release for the poor.
1 ¶ At the endº² of [every] sevenº yearsº thou shalt makeºª a release.º 2 And this² [is] the mannerº of the release:º Every² creditorººº that² lendethºª [ought] unto his neighbourº shall releaseºª [it]; he shall not² exactºª² [it] of his neighbour,º or of his brother;º because² it is calledºª the LORD'Sº release.º 3 Of² a foreignerº thou mayest exactºª [it again]: but [that] which² is² thine with² thy brotherº thine handº shall release;ºª 4 Saveº when² there shall be² no² poorº among you; for² the LORDº shall greatly¹ª blessºª thee in the landº which² the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee [for] an inheritanceº to possessºª it: 5 Only² if² thou carefully¹ª hearkenºª unto the voiceº of the LORDº thy God,º to observeºª to doºª² all² these² commandmentsº which² I² commandºª thee this day.º 6 For² the LORDº thy Godº blessethºª thee, as² he promisedºª thee: and thou shalt lendºª unto manyº nations,º but thou² shalt not² borrow;ºª and thou shalt reignºª over manyº nations,º but they shall not² reignºª over thee.
 Ex 21:2; 23:10; Lv 25:2; Dt 31:10; Is 61:1; Jr 36:8; Lk 4:18.
 Ne 5:7; Is 58:3; Am 8:4; Mt 6:12, 14; 18:25; Lk 6:34; 7:42; Jm 2:13.
 Ex 22:25; Dt 23:20; Mt 17:25; Jn 8:35; 1Co 6:6; Ga 6:10.
 Dt 14:29; 15:3; 28:1, 11; Pv 11:24; 14:21; 28:27; Is 58:10.
 Lv 26:3; Dt 4:9; 11:13; 28:1; Jsh 1:7; Ps 19:11; Is 1:19; Php 1:27.
 Dt 28:12, 13, 44; 1K 4:21, 24; 2Ch 9:26; Ezr 4:20; Ne 9:27; Ps 37:21, 26; 112:5; Pv 22:7; Lk 6:35.
It must be no let of lending or giving.
7 ¶ If² there be² among you a poor manº of oneº² of thy brethrenº within anyº of thy gatesº in thy landº which² the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee, thou shalt not² hardenºª² thine heart,º nor² shutºª² thine handº from thy poorº brother:º² 8 But² thou shalt openºª² thine handº wideºª unto him, and shalt surely¹ª lendºª him sufficientº for his need,º [in that] which² he wanteth.ºª 9 Bewareºª that² there be² not a thoughtº in² thy wickedº heart,º saying,ºª The seventhº year,º the yearº of release,º is at hand;ºª and thine eyeº be evilºª against thy poorº brother,º and thou givestºª him nought;² and he cryºª unto² the LORDº against² thee, and it be² sinº unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely¹ª giveºª him, and thine heartº shall not² be grieved¹ª² when thou givestºª unto him: because¹ that² for² this² thingº the LORDº thy Godº shall blessºª thee in all² thy works,º and in all² that thou puttestº thine handº unto. 11 For² the poorº shall never² ceaseºª out ofº² the land:º therefore²² I² commandºª thee, saying,ºª Thou shalt openºª² thine handº wideºª unto thy brother,º to thy poor,º and to thy needy,º in thy land.º
 Dt 15:9; Pv 21:13; Mt 18:30; Jm 2:15; 1Jn 3:16.
 Ex 3:7; 22:23; Dt 24:15; 28:54; Jb 34:28; Ps 9:12; Pv 4:23; 21:13; 23:6; 24:9; 28:22; Jr 17:10; Mt 15:19; 20:15; 25:41; Mk 7:21; Ro 7:8; Jm 4:5, 17; 5:4, 9; 1P 4:9; 1Jn 3:15.
 Dt 14:19, 29; 15:4; 24:19; Ps 41:1; Pv 11:24; 22:9; Is 32:8; 58:10; Mt 25:40; Ac 20:35; Ro 12:8; 2Co 9:5, 8; Php 4:18; 1Ti 6:18; He 13:16; 1P 4:11.
 Dt 15:8; Pv 22:2; Mt 5:42; 26:11; Mk 14:7; Lk 12:33; Jn 12:8; Ac 2:45; 4:32; 11:28; 2Co 8:2; 1Jn 3:16.
An Hebrew servant,
12 ¶ [And] if² thy brother,º an Hebrew man,º or² an Hebrew woman,º be soldºª unto thee, and serveºª thee sixº years;º then in the seventhº yearº thou shalt let him goºª freeº from²² thee. 13 And when² thou sendest¹ª him out² freeº from²² thee, thou shalt not² let him go awayºª empty:º 14 Thou shalt furnish¹ª him liberallyºª out of thy flock,º² and out of thy floor,º² and out of thy winepress:º² [of that] wherewith² the LORDº thy Godº hath blessedºª thee thou shalt giveºª unto him. 15 And thou shalt rememberºª that² thou wast² a bondmanº in the landº of Egypt,º and the LORDº thy Godº redeemedºª thee: therefore²² I² commandºª thee² this² thingº to day.º
 Ex 21:2; Lv 25:39; Dt 15:1; Jr 34:14; Jn 8:35.
 Gn 31:42; Ex 3:21; 21:2; Lv 25:42; Dt 15:14; Pv 3:27; Jr 22:13; Mal 3:5; Col 4:1.
 Ne 8:10; Ps 68:10; Pv 10:22; Ac 20:35; 1Co 16:2.
 Ex 20:2; Dt 5:14; 16:12; Is 51:1; Mt 6:14; 18:32; Ep 1:7; 2:12; 4:32; 5:1; Tit 2:14; 1Jn 3:16; 4:9.
except he will not depart, must in the seventh year go forth free and well furnished.
16 And it shall be,² if² he sayºª unto² thee, I will not² go awayºª from²² thee; because² he lovethºª thee and thine house,º because² he is well¹ª² with² thee; 17 Then thou shalt takeºª² an aul,º and thrustºª [it] through his earº unto the door,º and he shall be² thy servantº for ever.º And also² unto thy maidservantº thou shalt doºª likewise.² 18 It shall not² seem hard¹ª unto thee,º² when thou sendest him awayºª² freeº from²² thee; for² he hath been worthº a doubleº hired servantº [to thee], in servingºª thee sixº years:º and the LORDº thy Godº shall blessºª thee in all² that² thou doest.ºª
All firstling males of the cattle are to be sanctified unto the LORD.
19 ¶ All² the firstlingº malesº that² comeºª of thy herdº and of thy flockº thou shalt sanctifyºª unto the LORDº thy God:º thou shalt do no² workºª with the firstlingº of thy bullock,º nor² shearºª the firstlingº of thy sheep.º 20 Thou shalt eatºª [it] beforeº the LORDº thy Godº yearº by yearº in the placeº which² the LORDº shall choose,ºª thou² and thy household.º 21 And if² there be² [any] blemishº therein, [as if it be] lame,º or² blind,º [or have] any² illº blemish,º thou shalt not² sacrificeºª it unto the LORDº thy God.º 22 Thou shalt eatºª it within thy gates:º the uncleanº and the cleanº [person shall eat it] alike,º as the roebuck,º and as the hart.º 23 Only² thou shalt not² eatºª² the bloodº thereof; thou shalt pourºª it upon² the groundº as water.º
 Ex 13:2, 12; 34:19; Lv 27:26; Nu 3:13; 18:15, 17; Dt 12:5, 17; 14:23; 16:11, 14; Ro 8:29; He 12:23.
 Dt 12:5, 17.
 Lv 22:20, 24; Dt 17:1; Mal 1:7.
 Dt 12:15, 21; 2S 2:18; 1K 4:23.
 Lv 7:26; Dt 12:16, 23; 1S 14:32; Ezk 33:25.
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