"1At the end of every sevenyears you shall agrant a remission of debts.
2"This is the manner of remission : everycreditor shall releasewhat he has loaned to his neighbor ; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD'Sremission has been proclaimed.
"2From a foreigner you may exact it, but your hand shall releasewhatever of yours is with your brother.
4"However, there will be nopoor among you, since3the LORD will surelybless you in the landwhich the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess,
5ifonly you listenobediently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observecarefullyallthiscommandmentwhich I am commanding you today.
"4For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to manynations, but you will not borrow ; and you will rule over manynations, but they will not rule over you.
7"If there is 5a poorman with you, one of your brothers, in any of your btowns in your landwhich the LORD your God is giving you, 6you shall not harden your heart, norclose your hand from your poorbrother ;
but 7you shall freelyopen your hand to him, and shall generouslylend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.
9"Beware that there is nobasecthought in your heart, saying, '8The seventhyear, the year of remission, is near,' and 9your eye is hostile toward your poorbrother, and you give him nothing ; then he 10may cry to the LORDagainst you, and it will be a sin in you.
"You shall generouslygive to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because11for thisthing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in alldyour undertakings.
"12For the poor will nevercease to be ein the land ; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freelyopen your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'
"13If your fkinsman, a Hebrewmanor woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you sixyears, but in the seventhyear you shall set him gfree.
13"When you set him hfree, you shall not send him awayempty-handed.
"You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshingfloor and from your winevat ; you shall give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you.
"You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your Godredeemed you; therefore I command you ithistoday.
"It shall come about 14if he says to you, 'I will not go out from you,' because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you;
then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servantforever. Also you shall dolikewise to your maidservant.
"It shall not seemhard to you when you set him jfree, for he has given you sixyears with kdouble the service of a hiredman ; so the LORD your God will bless you in whatever you do.
"15You shall consecrate to the LORD your Godall the firstbornmales that are born of your herd and of your flock ; you shall not work with the firstborn of your herd, norshear the firstborn of your flock.
"16You and your household shall eat it everyyearbefore the LORD your God in the placewhich the LORDchooses.
"17But if it has any ldefect, such as lamenessorblindness, or anyseriousmdefect, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.
"You shall eat it within your gates ; 18the unclean and the cleanalike may eat it, as 19a gazelle or a deer.
23"Only20you shall not eat its blood ; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.