The seventh year a year of release for the poor.
Deuteronomy 15:1 At the terme of seuen yeeres thou shalt make a freedome. Deuteronomy 15:2 And this is the maner of the freedome: euery creditour shall quite ye lone of his hand which he hath lent to his neighbour: he shall not aske it againe of his neighbour, nor of his brother: for the yeere of the Lords freedome is proclaimed. Deuteronomy 15:3 Of a stranger thou mayest require it: but that which thou hast with thy brother, thine hand shall remit: Deuteronomy 15:4 Saue when there shall be no poore with thee: for the Lorde shall blesse thee in the land, which the Lord thy God giueth thee, for an inheritance to possesse it: Deuteronomy 15:5 So that thou hearken vnto the voyce of the Lord thy God to obserue and doe all these commandements, which I commande thee this day. Deuteronomy 15:6 For the Lord thy God hath blessed thee, as he hath promised thee: and thou shalt lend vnto many nations, but thou thy selfe shalt not borow, and thou shalt reigne ouer many nations, & they shall not reigne ouer thee.
It must be no let of lending or giving.
Deuteronomy 15:7 If one of thy brethren with thee be poore within any of thy gates in thy land, which the Lord thy God giueth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poore brother: Deuteronomy 15:8 But thou shalt open thine hand vnto him, and shalt lend him sufficient for his neede which he hath. Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a wicked thought in thine heart, to say, The seuenth yeere, the yeere of freedome is at hand: therefore it grieueth thee to looke on thy poore brother, and thou giuest him nought, and he crie vnto the Lorde against thee, so that sinne be in thee: Deuteronomy 15:10 Thou shalt giue him, and let it not grieue thine heart to giue vnto him: for because of this the Lord thy God shal blesse thee in al thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand to. Deuteronomy 15:11 Because there shall be euer some poore in the land, therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand vnto thy brother, to thy needie, and to thy poore in thy land.
An Hebrew servant,
Deuteronomy 15:12 If thy brother an Ebrewe sell himselfe to thee, or an Ebrewesse, and serue thee sixe yeere, euen in the seuenth yeere thou shalt let him goe free from thee: Deuteronomy 15:13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him goe away emptie, Deuteronomy 15:14 But shalt giue him a liberall reward of thy sheepe, and of thy corne, and of thy wine: thou shalt giue him of that wherewith the Lorde thy God hath blessed thee. Deuteronomy 15:15 And remember that thou wast a seruant in the land of Egypt, & the Lord thy God deliuered thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.
except he will not depart, must in the seventh year go forth free and well furnished.
Deuteronomy 15:16 And if he say vnto thee, I will not go away from thee, because he loueth thee & thine house, and because he is well with thee, Deuteronomy 15:17 Then shalt thou take a naule, and perce his eare through against the doore, and he shall be thy seruant for euer: and vnto thy maid seruant thou shall doe likewise. Deuteronomy 15:18 Let it not grieue thee, when thou lettest him goe out free from thee: for he hath serued thee sixe yeeres, which is the double worth of an hired seruant: and the Lorde thy God shall blesse thee in all that thou doest.
All firstling males of the cattle are to be sanctified unto the LORD.
Deuteronomy 15:19 All the first borne males that come of thy cattell, and of thy sheepe, thou shalt sanctifie vnto the Lord thy God. Thou shalt do no worke with thy first borne bullocke, nor sheare thy first borne sheepe. Deuteronomy 15:20 Thou shalt eate it before the Lord thy God yeere by yeere, in the place which the Lord shall chose, both thou, and thine household. Deuteronomy 15:21 But if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or haue any euill fault, thou shalt not offer it vnto the Lord thy God, Deuteronomy 15:22 But shalt eate it within thy gates: the vncleane, and the cleane shall eate it alike, as the roe bucke, and as the hart. Deuteronomy 15:23 Onely thou shalt not eate the blood thereof, but powre it vpon the ground as water.