Deuteronomy 15 (New American Standard)

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The Sabbatic Year

1 "1At the end of every seven years you shall agrant a remission of debts. 2 "This is the manner of remission : every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor ; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD'S remission has been proclaimed. 3 "2From a foreigner you may exact it, but your hand shall release whatever of yours is with your brother. 4 "However, there will be no poor among you, since 3the LORD will surely bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, 5 if only you listen obediently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today. 6 "4For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow ; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you. 7 "If there is 5a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your btowns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, 6you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother ; 8 but 7you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. 9 "Beware that there is no base cthought in your heart, saying, '8The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and 9your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing ; then he 10may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you. 10 "You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because 11for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all dyour undertakings. 11 "12For the poor will never cease to be ein the land ; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.' 12 "13If your fkinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him gfree. 13 "When you set him hfree, you shall not send him away empty-handed. 14 "You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat ; you shall give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you. 15 "You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you ithis today. 16 "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; 17 then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant. 18 "It shall not seem hard to you when you set him jfree, for he has given you six years with kdouble the service of a hired man ; so the LORD your God will bless you in whatever you do. 19 "15You shall consecrate to the LORD your God all the firstborn males that are born of your herd and of your flock ; you shall not work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock. 20 "16You and your household shall eat it every year before the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses. 21 "17But if it has any ldefect, such as lameness or blindness, or any serious mdefect, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God. 22 "You shall eat it within your gates ; 18the unclean and the clean alike may eat it, as 19a gazelle or a deer. 23 "Only 20you shall not eat its blood ; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.
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