The Sabbath of the seventh year.
Leviticus 25:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, Leviticus 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. Leviticus 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruits thereof; Leviticus 25:4 but in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath unto the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. Leviticus 25:5 That which groweth of itself of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, and the grapes of thy undressed vine thou shalt not gather: it shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. Leviticus 25:6 And the sabbath of the land shall be for food for you; for thee, and for thy servant and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant and for thy stranger that sojourn with thee; Leviticus 25:7 and for thy cattle, and for the beasts that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be for food.
The jubile in the fiftieth year.
Leviticus 25:8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and there shall be unto thee the days of seven sabbaths of years, even forty and nine years. Leviticus 25:9 Then shalt thou send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; in the day of atonement shall ye send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land. Leviticus 25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. Leviticus 25:11 A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather [the grapes] in it of the undressed vines. Leviticus 25:12 For it is a jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. Leviticus 25:13 In this year of jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.
Leviticus 25:14 And if thou sell aught unto thy neighbour, or buy of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not wrong one another: Leviticus 25:15 according to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, [and] according unto the number of years of the crops he shall sell unto thee. Leviticus 25:16 According to the multitude of the years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of the years thou shalt diminish the price of it; for the number of the crops doth he sell unto thee. Leviticus 25:17 And ye shall not wrong one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God.
A blessing of obedience.
Leviticus 25:18 Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. Leviticus 25:19 And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. Leviticus 25:20 And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase: Leviticus 25:21 then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for the three years. Leviticus 25:22 And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat of the fruits, the old store; until the ninth year, until her fruits come in, ye shall eat the old store.
The redemption of the land,
Leviticus 25:23 And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is mine: for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. Leviticus 25:24 And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.
Leviticus 25:25 If thy brother be waxen poor, and sell some of his possession, then shall his kinsman that is next unto him come, and shall redeem that which his brother hath sold. Leviticus 25:26 And if a man have no one to redeem it, and he be waxen rich and find sufficient to redeem it; Leviticus 25:27 then let him count the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus unto the man to whom he sold it; and he shall return unto his possession. Leviticus 25:28 But if he be not able to get it back for himself, then that which he hath sold shall remain in the hand of him that hath bought it until the year of jubile: and in the jubile it shall go out, and he shall return unto his possession.
Leviticus 25:29 And if a man sell a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; for a full year shall he have the right of redemption. Leviticus 25:30 And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be made sure in perpetuity to him that bought it, throughout his generations: it shall not go out in the jubile. Leviticus 25:31 But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be reckoned with the fields of the country: they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubile. Leviticus 25:32 Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time. Leviticus 25:33 And if one of the Levites redeem, then the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, shall go out in the jubile: for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel. Leviticus 25:34 But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession.
Compassion of the poor.
Leviticus 25:35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and his hand fail with thee; then thou shalt uphold him: [as] a stranger and a sojourner shall he live with thee. Leviticus 25:36 Take thou no usury of him or increase; but fear thy God: that thy brother may live with thee. Leviticus 25:37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor give him thy victuals for increase. Leviticus 25:38 I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be your God.
The usage of bondmen.
Leviticus 25:39 And if thy brother be waxen poor with thee, and sell himself unto thee; thou shalt not make him to serve as a bondservant: Leviticus 25:40 as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee; he shall serve with thee unto the year of jubile: Leviticus 25:41 then shall he go out from thee, he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return. Leviticus 25:42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen. Leviticus 25:43 Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God. Leviticus 25:44 And as for thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have; of the nations that are round about you, of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Leviticus 25:45 Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they have begotten in your land: and they shall be your possession. Leviticus 25:46 And ye shall make them an inheritance for your children after you, to hold for a possession; of them shall ye take your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel ye shall not rule, one over another, with rigour.
The redemption of servants.
Leviticus 25:47 And if a stranger or sojourner with thee be waxen rich, and thy brother be waxen poor beside him, and sell himself unto the stranger [or] sojourner with thee, or to the stock of the stranger's family: Leviticus 25:48 after that he is sold he may be redeemed; one of his brethren may redeem him: Leviticus 25:49 or his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be waxen rich, he may redeem himself. Leviticus 25:50 And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he sold himself to him unto the year of jubile: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of years; according to the time of an hired servant shall he be with him. Leviticus 25:51 If there be yet many years, according unto them he shall give back the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for. Leviticus 25:52 And if there remain but few years unto the year of jubile, then he shall reckon with him; according unto his years shall he give back the price of his redemption. Leviticus 25:53 As a servant hired year by year shall he be with him: he shall not rule with rigour over him in thy sight. Leviticus 25:54 And if he be not redeemed by these [means], then he shall go out in the year of jubile, he, and his children with him. Leviticus 25:55 For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.