So the property of the Levites is redeemable--that is, a house sold in any town they hold--and is to be returned in the Jubilee, because the houses in the towns of the Levites are their property among the Israelites.
But the pastureland belonging to their towns must not be sold; it is their permanent possession.135
" 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor2 and is unable to support himself among you, help him3 as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.
Do not take interest4 of any kinda from him, but fear your God,5 so that your countryman may continue to live among you.
You must not lend him money at interest6 or sell him food at a profit.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan7 and to be your God.839
" 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him work as a slave.940
He is to be treated as a hired worker10 or a temporary resident among you; he is to work for you until the Year of Jubilee.
Then he and his children are to be released, and he will go back to his own clan and to the property11 of his forefathers.1242
Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt,13 they must not be sold as slaves.
Do not rule over them ruthlessly,14 but fear your God.15