The seventh year a year of release for the poor.
Deuteronomy 15:1 At the end of seuen yere thou shalt make a fre yere. And thys is the maner of þe fre yere, Deuteronomy 15:2 whosoeuer lendeth ought wt hys hand vnto hys neyghbour, may not aske agayne þt whyche he hath lent, of hys neyghbour or of his brother: bicause it was called the lords fre yere Deuteronomy 15:3 yet of a straunger thou maiste call it home agayne. But that which thou hast with thy brother thyne hand shal remit, & that in any wyse, Deuteronomy 15:4 that there be no begger amonge you. For the Lord shall blesse the land which the Lord thy God geueth the, an enheritaunce to possesse it: Deuteronomy 15:5 so that thou herken vnto the voice of the Lord thy God, to obserue & do al these commaundementes which I commaund you this day: Deuteronomy 15:6 yea, & then the Lord thy God shal blesse the as he hath promised the, and thou shalt lend vnto many nations, and shalte borowe of no man, and shalt raygne ouer many nations, but none shall raygne ouer the.
It must be no let of lending or giving.
Deuteronomy 15:7 When one of thy brethren among you is waxed poore in any of thy cityes within thy land whych the Lord thy God geueth the, se þt thou harden not thyne hert nor shet to thine hand from thy poore brother: Deuteronomy 15:8 But open thyne hand vnto him & lende hym suffitiente for hys nede whych he hath. Deuteronomy 15:9 And beware that there be not a poynt of Belial in thine hert, that thou wouldest say. The seuenth yere, the yere of fredome is at hand, & therfore it greues the to loke on thy poore brother and geuest hym nought & he then cry vnto the Lord againste the, and it be synne vnto the: Deuteronomy 15:10 But giue him & let it not greue thine herte to giue. Bycause that for that thinge, the Lorde thy God shall blesse the in all thy workes & in all that thou puttest thyne hand to. Deuteronomy 15:11 For the land shall neuer be wythout pore. Wherfore I commaund the saying: open thine hand vnto thy brother that is neady and pore in thy land.
An Hebrew servant,
Deuteronomy 15:12 If thy brother an Hebrue sel him self to the or an Hebruesse, he shal serue the syxe yere & the seuenth yere thou shalt let him go fre from the. Deuteronomy 15:13 And when thou sendest hym out fre from the, thou shalt not let him go away emptye: Deuteronomy 15:14 but shalt giue him of thy shepe & of thi corne and of thy wine, and giue him of that wherwith the Lord thy God hath blessed the. Deuteronomy 15:15 And remembre that thou waste a seruaunt in the lande of Egypte, and the Lord thy God delyuered the thence: wherfore I commaunde the thys thyng to daye.
except he will not depart, must in the seventh year go forth free and well furnished.
Deuteronomy 15:16 But and if he saye vnto the, I wyl not go awaye from the, bicause he loueth the & thyne house & is well at ease with the. Deuteronomy 15:17 Then take a naule and nayle hys eare to the dore therewith & let hym be thy seruaunte for euer and vnto thy my mayde seruaunte thou shalte do likewise. Deuteronomy 15:18 And let him not greue thine eyes to let him go out from the, for he hath bene worth a double hired seruaunte to the in his seruice .vi. yeres. And the Lord thy God shall blesse the in al that thou doest.
All firstling males of the cattle are to be sanctified unto the LORD.
Deuteronomy 15:19 Al the first borne that come of thine oxen & of thy shepe that are males, thou shalt halowe vnto the lord thy God. Thou shalt do no seruice wyth the fyrst borne of thy shepe: Deuteronomy 15:20 but shalt eat them before the Lorde thy God yere by yere in the place which þe Lord hath chosen both thou & thine housholde. Deuteronomy 15:21 If there be any deformitie therin, whether it be lame or blynde, or whatsoeuer euyll fauerdenesse it hath, thou shalt not offer it vnto the Lorde thy God: Deuteronomy 15:22 But shalt eat it in thine own cytye the vncleane & the cleane indifferently, as the roo and the herte. Deuteronomy 15:23 Onelye eate not the bloud therof, but purge it vpon the grounde as water.