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Leviticus 25:8-55 (New International Version)

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The Year of Jubilee

25:8-38Ref -- Dt 15:1-11 25:39-55Ref -- Ex 21:2-11; Dt 15:12-18

8 " 'Count off seven sabbaths of years--seven times seven years--so that the seven sabbaths of years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9 Then have the trumpet1 sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month;2 on the Day of Atonement3 sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty4 throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee5 for you; each one of you is to return to his family property6 and each to his own clan. 11 The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee7 for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.8 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields. 13 " 'In this Year of Jubilee9 everyone is to return to his own property. 14 " 'If you sell land to one of your countrymen or buy any from him, do not take advantage of each other.10 15 You are to buy from your countryman on the basis of the number of years11 since the Jubilee. And he is to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops. 16 When the years are many, you are to increase the price, and when the years are few, you are to decrease the price,12 because what he is really selling you is the number of crops. 17 Do not take advantage of each other,13 but fear your God.14 I am the LORD your God.15 18 " 'Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws,16 and you will live safely in the land.17 19 Then the land will yield its fruit,18 and you will eat your fill and live there in safety.19 20 You may ask, "What will we eat in the seventh year20 if we do not plant or harvest our crops?" 21 I will send you such a blessing21 in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.22 22 While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.23 23 " 'The land24 must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine25 and you are but aliens26 and my tenants. 24 Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption27 of the land. 25 " 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells some of his property, his nearest relative28 is to come and redeem29 what his countryman has sold. 26 If, however, a man has no one to redeem it for him but he himself prospers30 and acquires sufficient means to redeem it, 27 he is to determine the value for the years31 since he sold it and refund the balance to the man to whom he sold it; he can then go back to his own property.32 28 But if he does not acquire the means to repay him, what he sold will remain in the possession of the buyer until the Year of Jubilee. It will be returned33 in the Jubilee, and he can then go back to his property.34 29 " 'If a man sells a house in a walled city, he retains the right of redemption a full year after its sale. During that time he may redeem it. 30 If it is not redeemed before a full year has passed, the house in the walled city shall belong permanently to the buyer and his descendants. It is not to be returned in the Jubilee. 31 But houses in villages without walls around them are to be considered as open country. They can be redeemed, and they are to be returned in the Jubilee. 32 " 'The Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the Levitical towns,35 which they possess. 33 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. 34 But the pastureland belonging to their towns must not be sold; it is their permanent possession.36 35 " 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor37 and is unable to support himself among you, help him38 as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you. 36 Do not take interest39 of any kinda from him, but fear your God,40 so that your countryman may continue to live among you. 37 You must not lend him money at interest41 or sell him food at a profit. 38 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan42 and to be your God.43 39 " 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him work as a slave.44 40 He is to be treated as a hired worker45 or a temporary resident among you; he is to work for you until the Year of Jubilee. 41 Then he and his children are to be released, and he will go back to his own clan and to the property46 of his forefathers.47 42 Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt,48 they must not be sold as slaves. 43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly,49 but fear your God.50 44 " 'Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly. 47 " 'If an alien or a temporary resident among you becomes rich and one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells himself51 to the alien living among you or to a member of the alien's clan, 48 he retains the right of redemption52 after he has sold himself. One of his relatives53 may redeem him: 49 An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in his clan may redeem him. Or if he prospers,54 he may redeem himself. 50 He and his buyer are to count the time from the year he sold himself up to the Year of Jubilee.55 The price for his release is to be based on the rate paid to a hired man56 for that number of years. 51 If many years remain, he must pay for his redemption a larger share of the price paid for him. 52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, he is to compute that and pay for his redemption accordingly.57 53 He is to be treated as a man hired from year to year; you must see to it that his owner does not rule over him ruthlessly.58 54 " 'Even if he is not redeemed in any of these ways, he and his children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, 55 for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt.59 I am the LORD your God.60
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