Deuteronomy 15:11-21 (New International Version)

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11 There will always be poor people1 in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.2

Freeing Servants

15:12-18pp -- Ex 21:2-6 15:12-18Ref -- Lev 25:38-55

12 If a fellow Hebrew, a man or a woman, sells himself to you and serves you six years, in the seventh year you must let him go free.3 13 And when you release him, do not send him away empty-handed. 14 Supply him liberally from your flock, your threshing floor4 and your winepress. Give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you. 15 Remember that you were slaves5 in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you.6 That is why I give you this command today. 16 But if your servant says to you, "I do not want to leave you," because he loves you and your family and is well off with you, 17 then take an awl and push it through his ear lobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your maidservant. 18 Do not consider it a hardship to set your servant free, because his service to you these six years has been worth twice as much as that of a hired hand. And the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.

The Firstborn Animals

19 Set apart for the LORD7 your God every firstborn male8 of your herds and flocks.9 Do not put the firstborn of your oxen to work, and do not shear the firstborn of your sheep.10 20 Each year you and your family are to eat them in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose.11 21 If an animal has a defect,12 is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.13
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