Deuteronomy 15 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 "At the end of seven years you shall grant [a] remission of debt. 2 And this [is] the manner of the remission of debt: every {creditor}a shall remit his claim that he holds against his neighbor, and he shall not exact payment [from] his brother because thereb [a] remission of debt has been proclaimed untoc Yahweh. 3 [With respect to] the foreigner you may exact payment, but {you must remit}d what shall be [owed] to you [with respect to] your brother. 4 Nevertheless, theree shall not be among you a poor [person], because Yahweh will certainly bless you in the land that Yahweh your God [is] giving to you [as] an inheritance, to take possession of it. 5 If only you listen well to the voice of Yahweh your God {by observing diligently}f all of these commandmentsg that I [am] commanding you {today}.h 6 When Yahweh your God has blessed you, [just] as he {promised}i to you, then you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow [from them], and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you. 7 If [there] is a poor [person] among you from [among] one of your brothers in one of your {towns}j that Yahweh your God [is] giving to you, you shall not harden your heart, and you shall not shut your hand toward {your brother who is poor}.k 8 But you shall certainly open your hand for him, and {you shall willingly lend}l [to] him enough to meet his need, {whatever it is}.m 9 {Take care}n so that thereo will not be {a thought of wickedness}p in your heart, {saying},q 'The seventh year, the year of the remission of debt is near,' {and you view your needy neighbor with hostility},r and [so] you [do] not give to him, and he might cry [out] against you to Yahweh, and {you would incur guilt against yourself}.s 10 By all means you must give to him, and {you must not be discontented}t at your giving to him, because on account of this [very] thing, Yahweh your God will bless you in all your work and {in all that you undertake}.u 11 For the poorv will not cease to be {among you}w [in] the land; therefore I [am] commanding you, {saying},x 'You shall willingly open your hand to your brother, to your needy and to your poor [that are] in your land.' 12 If your relativey who is a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman is sold to you, and [he or she] has served you six years, then in the seventh year you shall send that person [out] {free}.z 13 And when you send him [out] free from you, you shall not send him [away] empty-handed. 14 You shall generously supply him from [among] your flocks and from your threshing floor and from your press; [according to] that [with which] Yahweh your God has blessed you, you shall give to him. 15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Yahweh your God redeemed you; therefore I [am] commanding you thus {today}.aa 16 And then [if] it will happen [that] he says to you, '{I do not want to go out}bb from you,' because he loves you and your family, because it is good for him [to be] with you; 17 then you shall take an awl, and you shall thrust [it] through his earlobe and into the door, and he shall be to you {a slave forever};cc and you shall also do likewise for your slave woman. 18 It shall not be hard in your eyes {when you send him forth free},dd because for six years he has served you [worth] twice the wage of a hired worker; and Yahweh your God will bless you {in whatever you will do}.ee 19 "Every firstling male that is born of your herd and of your flock you shall consecrate to Yahweh your God; you shall not do work with the firstling of your ox, and you shall not shear the firstling of your flock. 20 [Rather] {before Yahweh}ff your God you shall eat it year by year at the place Yahweh will choose, you and your household. 21 But if there is a physical defect in it, [such as] lameness or blindness, any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to Yahweh your God. 22 In your {towns}gg you shall eat it, the unclean and the clean together [may eat it], [just] as [they eat] the gazelle and as [they eat] the deer. 23 But you shall not eat its blood; you shall pour it on the ground like water."
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