Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Deuteronomy 15

The seventh year a year of release for the poor.

Deuteronomy 15:1 At the end of seven years, shalt thou make a release. Deuteronomy 15:2 And, this, shall be the manner of the release, Every creditor who lendeth aught to his neighbour, his hand shall release it,—he shall not exact it of his neighbour or his brother, because there hath been proclaimed a release, unto Yahweh. Deuteronomy 15:3 Of a foreigner, thou mayest exact it,—but, what thou hast with thy brother, thy hand shall release; Deuteronomy 15:4 save, when there shall be among you no needy person,—for Yahweh will, indeed bless, thee, in the land which Yahweh thy God is giving unto thee as an inheritance, to possess it: Deuteronomy 15:5 only if thou, do hearken, unto the voice of Yahweh thy God,—to observe to do—all this commandment which I am commanding thee today. Deuteronomy 15:6 When, Yahweh thy God, hath blessed thee, as he spake unto thee, then shalt thou lend unto many nations, but, thou, shalt not borrow, and, thou shalt rule over many nations, but, over thee, shall they not rule.

It must be no let of lending or giving.

Deuteronomy 15:7 When there cometh to be among you a needy person, any one of thy brethren, within any one of thy gates, in thy land, which Yahweh thy God is giving unto thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy needy brother: Deuteronomy 15:8 but thou shalt, open, thy hand unto him,—and, lend, him, enough to meet the poverty which doth impoverish him. Deuteronomy 15:9 Take thou heed to thyself, lest there be something near thine abandoned heart, saying—Drawing nigh, is the seventh year, the year of release, and so thine eye be, evil, against thy needy brother, and thou give not unto him,—and he cry out against thee, unto Yahweh, and it become in thee, a sin! Deuteronomy 15:10 Thou shalt, give, unto him, and thy heart, shall not be evil, when thou givest unto him,—for, on account of this very thing, will Yahweh thy God bless thee, in all that thou doest, and in all whereunto thou puttest thy hand. Deuteronomy 15:11 For the needy will not cease out of the midst of the land—for this cause, am I commanding thee, saying, Thou shalt, open, thy hand unto thy brother, to thy poor and to thy needy, in thy land.

An Hebrew servant,

Deuteronomy 15:12 When thy brother, a Hebrew man (or a Hebrew woman) selleth himself unto thee, then shall he serve thee six years,—and, in the seventh year, shalt thou let him go out free, from thee; Deuteronomy 15:13 and, when thou lettest him go out free, from thee, thou shalt not let him go out, empty: Deuteronomy 15:14 thou shalt, richly load, him out of thy flock, and out of thy threshing-floor, and out of thy wine-vat,—of that wherewith Yahweh thy God hath blessed thee, shalt thou give unto him; Deuteronomy 15:15 and thou shalt remember, that, a servant, thou wast, in the land of Egypt, and that Yahweh thy God, redeemed thee,—for this cause, am I commanding thee this thing, today.

except he will not depart, must in the seventh year go forth free and well furnished.

Deuteronomy 15:16 And it shall be, if he shall say unto thee, I will not go away from thee,—because he loveth thee, and thy household, because he is well off with thee, Deuteronomy 15:17 then shalt thou take an awl, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, so shall he be thy servant all his life. And, unto thine handmaid also, shalt thou do thus. Deuteronomy 15:18 It shall not be hard in thine eyes, when thou lettest him go out free, from thee; for, to the double of the hire of a hireling, hath he served thee, six years,—so will Yahweh thy God bless thee, in all that thou doest.

All firstling males of the cattle are to be sanctified unto the LORD.

Deuteronomy 15:19 Every firstling that is brought forth in thy herd and in thy flock, that is a male, shalt thou hallow unto Yahweh thy God,—thou shalt not work with a firstling of thine oxen, neither shalt thou shear a firstling of thy flock: Deuteronomy 15:20 before Yahweh thy God, shalt thou eat it, year by year, in the place which Yahweh shall choose,—thou, and thy household. Deuteronomy 15:21 But, when there is in it any blemish, lameness or blindness, any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto Yahweh thy God: Deuteronomy 15:22 within thine own gates, mayest thou eat it,—the unclean [of you] and the clean, alike, as the gazelle and as the hart. Deuteronomy 15:23 Only, the blood thereof, shalt thou not eat,—on the earth, shalt thou pour it out, like water.

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