NASB — Deuteronomy 15 — KJV

The Sabbatic Year

1aAt 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 LORDS 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.

[1] ILit make a release aDt 31:10
[3] aDt 23:20
[4] aDt 28:8
[6] aDt 28:12, 13

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.’

[7] ILit gates aLv 25:35; Dt 15:11 b1 Jn 3:17
[8] aMt 5:42; Lk 6:34; Ga 2:10
[9] ILit word aDt 15:1 bMt 20:15 cEx 22:23; Dt 24:15; Jb 34:28; Ps 12:5; Jm 5:4
[10] ILit the putting forth of your hand aDt 14:29; Ps 41:1; Pv 22:9
[11] 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.

[12] ILit brother IILit free from you aEx 21:2-6; Lv 25:39-43; Jr 34:14
[13] ILit free from you
[15] ILit this thing
[16] 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.

[18] ILit free from you IILit double the amount

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.

[19] aEx 13:2, 12
[20] aLv 7:15-18; Dt 12:5; 14:23
[21] ILit blemish aLv 22:19-25; Dt 17:1
[22] aDt 12:15, 16, 22
[23] 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 end of [every] seven years thou shalt make a release. 2 And 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'S release. 3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact [it again]: but [that] which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release; 4 Save 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: 5 Only 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. 6 For 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.

[1] Ex 21:2; 23:10; Lv 25:2; Dt 31:10; Is 61:1; Jr 36:8; Lk 4:18.
[2] Ne 5:7; Is 58:3; Am 8:4; Mt 6:12, 14; 18:25; Lk 6:34; 7:42; Jm 2:13.
[3] Ex 22:25; Dt 23:20; Mt 17:25; Jn 8:35; 1Co 6:6; Ga 6:10.
[4] Dt 14:29; 15:3; 28:1, 11; Pv 11:24; 14:21; 28:27; Is 58:10.
[5] Lv 26:3; Dt 4:9; 11:13; 28:1; Jsh 1:7; Ps 19:11; Is 1:19; Php 1:27.
[6] 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 ¶ If 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: 8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, [in that] which he wanteth. 9 Beware 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. 10 Thou 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. 11 For 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.

[7] Dt 15:9; Pv 21:13; Mt 18:30; Jm 2:15; 1Jn 3:16.
[9] 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.
[10] 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.
[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] 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. 13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: 14 Thou 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. 15 And 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.

[12] Ex 21:2; Lv 25:39; Dt 15:1; Jr 34:14; Jn 8:35.
[13] 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.
[14] Ne 8:10; Ps 68:10; Pv 10:22; Ac 20:35; 1Co 16:2.
[15] 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, 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; 17 Then 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. 18 It 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.

[16] Ex 21:5; Ps 40:6, 8.
[17] Lv 25:39; 1S 1:22.
[18] Dt 15:10; Is 16:14; 21:16; Lk 17:7.

All firstling males of the cattle are to be sanctified unto the LORD.

19 ¶ All 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. 20 Thou shalt eat [it] before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, thou and thy household. 21 And 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. 22 Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the clean [person shall eat it] alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart. 23 Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.

[19] 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.
[20] Dt 12:5, 17.
[21] Lv 22:20, 24; Dt 17:1; Mal 1:7.
[22] Dt 12:15, 21; 2S 2:18; 1K 4:23.
[23] Lv 7:26; Dt 12:16, 23; 1S 14:32; Ezk 33:25.


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