Bishops' Bible

Leviticus 25

The Sabbath of the seventh year.

Leviticus 25:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses in mout Sinai, saying: Leviticus 25:2 Speake vnto the children of Israel, and say vnto them: When ye be come into ye lande which I geue you, the lande shall rest and kepe Sabbath vnto the Lorde. Leviticus 25:3 Sixe yeres thou shalt sowe thy fielde, and sixe yeres thou shalt cut thy vineyarde, and gather in the fruite therof. Leviticus 25:4 But the seuenth yere shalbe a Sabbath of rest vnto the lande, the Lordes Sabbath it shalbe: thou shalt neither sowe thy fielde, nor cut thy vineyarde. Leviticus 25:5 That which groweth of the owne accorde of thy haruest, thou shalt not reape, neither gather the grapes that thou hast left behynde: for it is a yere of rest vnto the lande. Leviticus 25:6 And the rest of the lande shalbe meate for you, euen for thee, for thy seruaunt, & for thy mayde, for thy hired seruaunt, and for the straunger that soiourneth with thee: Leviticus 25:7 And for thy cattell, and for the beastes that are in thy lande, shall all the encrease therof be meate.

The jubile in the fiftieth year.

Leviticus 25:8 And thou shalt number seuen Sabbathes of yeres vnto thee, euen seuen tymes seuen yere, and the space of the seuen Sabbathes of yeres wylbe vnto thee nine and fourtie yeres. Leviticus 25:9 And then thou shalt cause to blowe the trumpet of the Iubilee in the tenth day of the seuenth moneth, euen in ye day of attonement shal ye make the trumpe blowe throughout all your lande. Leviticus 25:10 And ye shall halowe that yere, euen the fiftieth yere, and proclayme libertie throughout all the lande vnto all the inhabiters thereof: for it shalbe a Iubilee vnto you, and ye shall returne euery man vnto his possession, and euery man vnto his kinred agayne. Leviticus 25:11 A yere of Iubilee shal that fiftieth yere be vnto you: Ye shall not sowe, neither reape that which groweth of it selfe, neither gather the grapes that are left: Leviticus 25:12 For that yere of Iubilee shalbe holy vnto you: but ye shall eate of the encrease therof out of the fielde. Leviticus 25:13 In the yere of this Iubilee ye shall returne euery man vnto his possession agayne.

Of oppression.

Leviticus 25:14 If thou sellest ought vnto thy neyghbour, or byest ought of thy neyghbours hande, ye shal not oppresse one another. Leviticus 25:15 But according to the number of yeres after the Iubilee yere thou shalt bye of thy neighbour: and accordyng vnto the number of yeres of the fruites he shall sell vnto thee. Leviticus 25:16 According vnto the multitude of yeres he shall encrease the price therof, and according to the fewnesse of yeres, he shal minishe the price of it: for the number of fruites doth he sell vnto thee. Leviticus 25:17 Oppresse not ye therfore euery man his neighbour, but thou shalt feare thy God: For I am the Lorde your God.

A blessing of obedience.

Leviticus 25:18 Wherfore ye shall do after myne ordinaunces, and kepe my lawes, and do them, and ye shall dwell in the lande in safetie. Leviticus 25:19 And the lande shall geue her fruite, and ye shall eate your fyll, and dwell therin in safetie. Leviticus 25:20 And yf ye shall say, what shall we eate the seuenth yere? for we shall not sowe, nor gather in our increase: Leviticus 25:21 I wyll sende my blessyng vpon you in the sixt yere, and it shall bryng foorth fruite for three yeres. Leviticus 25:22 And ye shall sowe the eyght yere, and eate yet of olde fruite vntyll the ninth yere: euen vntill her fruites come ye shall eate of olde store.

The redemption of the land,

Leviticus 25:23 The lande shall not be solde to waste: for the lande is myne, & ye be but staungers and soiourners with me. Leviticus 25:24 In all the lande of your possession, ye shal graunt a redemption for ye lande.

Leviticus 25:25 If thy brother be waxed poore, and hath solde away of his possession, and yf any of his kinne come to redeeme it, let hym bye out that which his brother solde. Leviticus 25:26 And yf he haue no man to redeeme it, and his hande hath gotten and founde as much as may be sufficient to bye it out agayne: Leviticus 25:27 The let hym count howe long it hath ben solde, and delyuer the rest vnto the man to whom he solde it, that he may returne to his possession agayne. Leviticus 25:28 But and yf his hande can not get sufficient to restore to the other agayne, the that which is solde shal remayne in the hande of hym that hath bought it, vntyll the yere of Iubilee: and in the Iubilee it shall come out, and he shall returne vnto his possession agayne.

of houses.

Leviticus 25:29 And yf a man sell a dwellyng house in a walled citie, he may bye it out agayne within a whole yere after it is solde: within a yere may he redeeme it. Leviticus 25:30 But and yf he bye it not out agayne within the space of a full yere, then the house that is in the walled citie, shalbe stablished, as translated to hym that bought it and his successours after hym, & shall not go out in the Iubilee. Leviticus 25:31 But the houses of vyllages, which haue no walles rounde about them, are counted as the fielde of the coutrey: and therefore they may be bought out agayne, and shal go out in the Iubilee. Leviticus 25:32 Notwithstandyng, the cities of the Leuites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Leuites redeeme at all seasons. Leviticus 25:33 And yf a man purchase of the Leuites, the house that was solde, and the citie of their possession, shall go out in the yere of Iubilee: for the houses of the cities of the Leuites, are their possession among the children of Israel. Leviticus 25:34 But the fielde of the suburbes of their cities may not be solde: for it is their perpetuall possession.

Compassion of the poor.

Leviticus 25:35 If thy brother be waxen poore and fallen in decay with thee, thou shalt relieue hym as a straunger or soiourner, that he may lyue with thee. Leviticus 25:36 And thou shalt take none vsurie of hym, or vantage: but thou shalt feare thy God, that thy brother may lyue with thee. Leviticus 25:37 Thou shalt not geue hym thy money vpon vsurie, nor lende him thy victuels for encrease. Leviticus 25:38 I am the Lorde your God, which brought you out of the lande of Egypt, to geue you the lande of Chanaan, and to be your God.

The usage of bondmen.

Leviticus 25:39 If thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poore, and be solde vnto thee, thou shalt not compell hym to serue as a bonde seruaunt: Leviticus 25:40 But as an hired seruaunt, and as a soiourner he shalbe with thee, and shall serue thee vnto the yere of Iubilee. Leviticus 25:41 And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with hym, and shall returne vnto his owne kinred agayne, and vnto the possession of his fathers shall he returne. Leviticus 25:42 For they are my seruauntes, which I brought out of the lande of Egypt, and shall not therfore be solde as bondmen. Leviticus 25:43 Thou shalt not rule ouer hym cruelly, but shalt feare thy God. Leviticus 25:44 Thy bondseruaunt and thy bondemayde which thou shalt haue, shalbe of the heathen that are rounde about you: of them shall ye purchase seruauntes and maydes. Leviticus 25:45 Moreouer, of the children of ye straungers that are soiourners among you, of them shall ye bye, & of their families that are with you, which they begat in your lande: these shalbe your possession. Leviticus 25:46 And ye shall take them as inheritauce for your children after yon, to possesse them for an inheritaunce, they shalbe your bondmen for euer: but ouer your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one ouer another cruelly.

The redemption of servants.

Leviticus 25:47 If a soiourner or straunger waxe riche by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by hym waxe poore, and sell hym selfe vnto the straunger or soiourner by thee, or to the stocke of the straungers kinne: Leviticus 25:48 After that he is solde, he may be redeemed agayne: one of his brethren may redeeme hym: Leviticus 25:49 Either his vncle, or his vncles sonne may bye hym out: or any that is nye of kinne vnto hym of his kinred, may redeeme hym: either yf his hande can get so much, he may be bought out. Leviticus 25:50 And he shall recken with hym that bought hym, from the yere that he was solde in, vnto the yere of Iubilee: and the price of his beyng, shalbe accordyng vnto the number of yeres, according to the tyme of an hired seruaunt shall he be with hym. Leviticus 25:51 If there be yet many yeres behynde, accordyng vnto them let hym geue againe for his deliueraunce, of the money that he was bought for. Leviticus 25:52 If there remayne but fewe yeres vnto the yere of Iubilee, let hym count with hym agayne: and accordyng vnto his yeres, geue hym agayne for his redemption. Leviticus 25:53 And he shalbe with hym yere by yere as an hired seruaunt: and the other shal not raigne cruelly ouer him in thy sight. Leviticus 25:54 If he be not redeemed thus, he shall go out in the yere of Iubilee, both he and his children with hym: Leviticus 25:55 For vnto me the children of Israel are seruauntes, they are my seruauntes which I brought out of the lande of Egypt: I am the Lorde your God.

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