Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: "The seventh year, the year for canceling debts,1 is near," so that you do not show ill will2 toward your needy brother and give him nothing. He may then appeal to the LORD against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.3
References for Deuteronomy 15:9
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart;4 then because of this the LORD your God will bless5 you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
References for Deuteronomy 15:10
There will always be poor people6 in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.7
References for Deuteronomy 15:11
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.8
References for Deuteronomy 15:12
And when you release him, do not send him away empty-handed.
Supply him liberally from your flock, your threshing floor9 and your winepress. Give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you.
References for Deuteronomy 15:14
Remember that you were slaves10 in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you.11 That is why I give you this command today.
References for Deuteronomy 15:15
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,
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.
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.
Set apart for the LORD 12 your God every firstborn male13 of your herds and flocks.14 Do not put the firstborn of your oxen to work, and do not shear the firstborn of your sheep.15
References for Deuteronomy 15:19