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Leviticus 25

The Sabbath of the seventh year.

Leviticus 25:1 And the LORDE talked with Moses vpon mount Sinai, and sayde: Leviticus 25:2 Speake to the children of Israel, and saye vnto them: Whan ye come in to the londe, yt I shal geue you, the londe shal rest vnto the LORDE, Leviticus 25:3 so that thou sowe thy felde sixe yeares, and sixe yeares cut yi vynes, and gather in the frutes. Leviticus 25:4 But in the seuenth yeare the lode shal haue his Sabbath of rest for a Sabbath vnto the LORDE, wherin thou shalt not sowe thy felde ner cut thy vynes. Leviticus 25:5 Loke what groweth of it self after thy haruest, thou shalt not reape it. And the grapes that growe without thy laboure, shalt thou not gather, for so moch as it is the yeare of the londes rest: Leviticus 25:6 But the rest of the londe shalt thou kepe for this intent, that thou mayest eate therof, thy seruaunte, thy mayde, thy hyrelinge, thy gest, thy strauger with the, Leviticus 25:7 thy catell, and the beestes in thy londe. All the increase shal be meate.

The jubile in the fiftieth year.

Leviticus 25:8 And thou shalt nombre seuen of these yeare Sabbathes, that seuen yeares maye be tolde seuen tymes, and so the tyme of the seuen yeare Sabbathes make nyne and fourtye yeares. Leviticus 25:9 Then shalt thou let the blast of the horne go thorow all youre londe, vpon the tenth daye of the seuenth moneth, euen in ye daye of attonement. Leviticus 25:10 And ye shal halowe the fiftieth yeare, and shall call it a fre yeare in ye londe, for all them that dwell therin: for it is the yeare of Iubilye. Then shall euery one amonge you come agayne to his possession and to his kynred: Leviticus 25:11 for the fiftieth yeare is ye yeare of Iubilye. Ye shal not sowe ner reape it that groweth of it self, ner gather the grapes, that growe without laboure. Leviticus 25:12 For the yeare of Iubilye shall be holy amonge you. But loke what the felde beareth, that shall ye eate. Leviticus 25:13 This is the yeare of Iubilye, wherin ye shal come againe euery man to his owne.

Of oppression.

Leviticus 25:14 Now whan thou sellest ought vnto thy neghboure, or byest eny thinge of him, there shal none of you oppresse his brother: Leviticus 25:15 but acordinge to the nombre of the yeare of Iubilye shalt thou bye it of him: and acordinge to the nombre of the yeares of increase shall he sell it vnto the. Leviticus 25:16 Acordinge to the multitude of the yeares shalt thou rayse the pryce, & and acordynge to the fewnesse of the yeares shalt thou mynish the pryce: for he shall sell it vnto the acordinge to the nombre of the increase. Leviticus 25:17 Therfore let no man defraude his neghboure, but feare yi God. For I am the LORDE youre God.

A blessing of obedience.

Leviticus 25:18 Wherfore do after my statutes, and kepe my lawes, so yt ye do them that ye maye dwell safe in the londe. Leviticus 25:19 For the londe shal geue you hir frute, so that ye shal haue ynough to eate, and dwell safe therin. Leviticus 25:20 And yf ye wolde saye: What shall we eate in the seuenth yeare, in as moch as we shal not sowe, ner gather in oure increase? Leviticus 25:21 I wyll sende my blessynge vpon you in the sixte yeare, Leviticus 25:22 that it shal brynge forth frute for thre yeare: so that ye shal sowe in ye eight yeare, and eate of the olde frute vntyll the nyenth yeare, that ye maye eate of the olde tyll new frutes come agayne.

The redemption of the land,

Leviticus 25:23 Therfore shall ye not sell the londe for euer, for the lode is myne. And ye are straungers and indwellers before me. Leviticus 25:24 And in all youre lande shall ye geue the londe to lowse.

Leviticus 25:25 Whan thy brother waxeth poore, and selleth ye his possession, and his nexte kynsma commeth to him, yt he maye redeme it: then shall he redeme that his brother solde. Leviticus 25:26 But whan a man hath none to redeme it, and ca get so moch with his hande as to redeme one parte, Leviticus 25:27 then shall it be rekened how many yeares it hath bene solde, and the remnaunt shal be restored vnto him to whom he solde it, yt he maie come agayne to his possession. Leviticus 25:28 But yf his hande can not get so moch, as to haue one parte agayne, the shal it yt he solde be styll in the hande of the byer vntyll ye yeare of Iubilye: In ye same shal it go out, and returne to his owner agayne.

of houses.

Leviticus 25:29 He that selleth a dwellinge house within the walles of the cite, hath an whole yeare respyte to lowse it out agayne: that shall be the tyme, wherin he maye redeme it. Leviticus 25:30 But yf he redeme it not a fore the whole yeare be out then shal he that bought it, and his successours kepe it for euer, and it shall not go out lowse in the yeare of Iubylie. Leviticus 25:31 Neuertheles yf it be an house in a vyllage that hath no wall aboute it, it shall be counted like vnto the felde of the coutre, and maye be redemed and shal go out fre in the yeare of Iubilye. Leviticus 25:32 The cities of the Leuites, and the houses in the cities that their possession is in, maye allwaye be redemed. Leviticus 25:33 Who so purchaceth ought of the Leuites, shal leaue it in the yeare of Iubilye, whether it be house or cite that he hath had in possession. For the houses in the cities of the Leuites are their possession amonge the children of Israel. Leviticus 25:34 But the felde before their cities shal not be solde, for it is their awne for euer.

Compassion of the poor.

Leviticus 25:35 Whan thy brother waxeth poore, and falleth in decaye besyde the, thou shalt receaue him as a straunger, or gest, that he maye lyue by the: Leviticus 25:36 and thou shalt take no vsury of him, ner more then thou hast geue, but shalt feare thy God, that thy brother maye lyue besydes the. Leviticus 25:37 For thou shalt not lende him yi money vpon vsury, ner delyuer him thy meate vpon vauntage. Leviticus 25:38 For I am the LORDE yor God, which haue brought you out of the lode of Egipte, to geue you the lande of Canaan, and to be youre God.

The usage of bondmen.

Leviticus 25:39 Whan thy brother waxeth poore besyde the, and selleth himself vnto the, thou shalt not holde him as a bode ma: Leviticus 25:40 but as an hyred seruaunte and as a soiourner shall he be wt the, and serue the vntyll ye yeare of Iubilye. Leviticus 25:41 Then shal he departe lowse from the, & his childre with him, & shal returne to his awne kinred, and to his fathers possession: Leviticus 25:42 for they are my seruauntes, whom I brought out of the londe of Egipte. Therfore shal they not be solde like bondmen. Leviticus 25:43 And thou shalt not raigne ouer them with crueltie, but shalt feare thy God. Leviticus 25:44 But yf thou wylt haue bode seruauntes and maydens, thou shalt bye them of the Heithen, that are rounde aboute you: Leviticus 25:45 of the children of the soiourners and straungers amonge you, and of their generacions with you, and that are borne in youre londe, the same shal ye haue for bonde seruautes, Leviticus 25:46 & shal possesse them, & youre children after you for an euerlastinge possession, these shalbe yor bondmen. But ouer youre brethren the children of Israel, there shall none of you raigne ouer another with crueltie.

The redemption of servants.

Leviticus 25:47 Whan a straunger or soiourner waxeth ryche by the, and thy brother waxeth poore besyde him, & selleth him self vnto ye straunger or soiourner by the, or to eny of his kynne, then shall he haue right Leviticus 25:48 (after that he is solde) to be redemed agayne. And eny of his brethren maye lowse him out: Leviticus 25:49 or his vncle or his vncles sonne, or eny other kynsman of his kynred: Or yf his awne hande getteth so moch, he shal lowse him self out, Leviticus 25:50 and shal reken with him that bought him, from ye yeare that he solde him self, vntyll the yeare of Iubilye. And ye money shal be counted acordinge to the nombre of the yeares that he was solde, and his wages of the whole tyme shalbe rekened withall. Leviticus 25:51 Yf there be yet many yeares vnto ye yeare of Iubilye, then shal he (acordinge to the same) geue the more for his delyueraunce, therafter as he is solde. Leviticus 25:52 Yf there remayne but few yeares vnto the yeare of Iubilye, then shall he geue agayne therafter for his redempcion. Leviticus 25:53 And his wages from yeare to yeare shall he reken withall, and thou shalt not let the other raigne cruelly ouer him in yi sight. Leviticus 25:54 But yf he bye not him self out after this maner, then shal he go out fre in the yeare of Iubilye, and his childre with him: Leviticus 25:55 for the childre of Israel are my seruauntes, which I haue brought out of the londe of Egipte. I am the LORDE youre God.

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