The Sabbatic Year

1 "1At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts.

References for Deuteronomy 15:1

    • a 15:1 - Lit "make a release"
      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.

      References for Deuteronomy 15:3

      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,

      References for Deuteronomy 15:4

      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.

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      7 "If there is 5a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns 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;

      References for Deuteronomy 15:7

      8 but 7you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

      References for Deuteronomy 15:8

      9 "Beware that there is no base thought 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.

      References for Deuteronomy 15:9

      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 your undertakings.

      References for Deuteronomy 15:10

        • d 15:10 - Lit "the putting forth of your hand"
          11 "12For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore * I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'

          References for Deuteronomy 15:11

            • e 15:11 - Lit "in the midst of"
              12 "13If your kinsman, 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 free.

              References for Deuteronomy 15:12

                • f 15:12 - Lit "brother"
                • g 15:12 - Lit "free from you"
                  13 "When you set him free, you shall not send him away empty-handed.

                  References for Deuteronomy 15:13

                    • h 15:13 - Lit "free from you"
                      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 this today.

                      References for Deuteronomy 15:15

                        • i 15:15 - Lit "this thing"
                          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;

                          References for Deuteronomy 15:16

                          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 free, for he has given you six years with double the service of a hired man; so the LORD your God will bless you in whatever * you do.

                          References for Deuteronomy 15:18

                            • j 15:18 - Lit "free from you"
                            • k 15:18 - Lit "double the amount"
                              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.

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                              20 "16You and your household shall eat it every year before the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses.

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                              21 "17But if it has any defect, such as lameness or blindness, or any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.

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                                  22 "You shall eat it within your gates; 18the unclean and the clean alike may eat it, as 19a gazelle or a deer.

                                  References for Deuteronomy 15:22

                                  23 "Only 20you shall not eat its blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.