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Leviticus 25 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD said to him, 1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,
2 "Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you have entered the land I am giving you as an inheritance, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD every seventh year. 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the LORD.
3 For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops, 3 For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops.
4 but during the seventh year the land will enjoy a Sabbath year of rest to the LORD. Do not plant your crops or prune your vineyards during that entire year. 4 But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.
5 And don't store away the crops that grow naturally or process the grapes that grow on your unpruned vines. The land is to have a year of total rest. 5 Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.
6 But you, your male and female slaves, your hired servants, and any foreigners who live with you may eat the produce that grows naturally during the Sabbath year. 6 Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you--for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you,
7 And your livestock and the wild animals will also be allowed to eat of the land's bounty." 7 as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.
8 "In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven years times seven, adding up to forty-nine years in all. 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 on the Day of Atonement of the fiftieth year, blow the trumpets loud and long throughout the land. 9 Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land.
10 This year will be set apart as holy, a time to proclaim release for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you returns to the lands that belonged to your ancestors and rejoins your clan. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.
11 Yes, the fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year, do not plant any seeds or store away any of the crops that grow naturally, and do not process the grapes that grow on your unpruned vines. 11 The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.
12 It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must observe it as a special and holy time. You may, however, eat the produce that grows naturally in the fields that year. 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.
13 In the Year of Jubilee each of you must return to the lands that belonged to your ancestors." 13 " 'In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to his own property.
14 "When you make an agreement with a neighbor to buy or sell property, you must never take advantage of each other. 14 " 'If you sell land to one of your countrymen or buy any from him, do not take advantage of each other.
15 When you buy land from your neighbor, the price of the land should be based on the number of years since the last jubilee. The seller will charge you only for the crop years left until the next Year of Jubilee. 15 You are to buy from your countryman on the basis of the number of years since the Jubilee. And he is to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops.
16 The more the years, the higher the price; the fewer the years, the lower the price. After all, the person selling the land is actually selling you a certain number of harvests. 16 When the years are many, you are to increase the price, and when the years are few, you are to decrease the price, because what he is really selling you is the number of crops.
17 Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I, the LORD, am your God." 17 Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the LORD your God.
18 "If you want to live securely in the land, keep my laws and obey my regulations. 18 " 'Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land.
19 Then the land will yield bumper crops, and you will eat your fill and live securely in it. 19 Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety.
20 But you might ask, 'What will we eat during the seventh year, since we are not allowed to plant or harvest crops that year?' 20 You may ask, "What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?"
21 The answer is, 'I will order my blessing for you in the sixth year, so the land will produce a bumper crop, enough to support you for three years. 21 I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.
22 As you plant the seed in the eighth year, you will still be eating the produce of the previous year. In fact, you will eat from the old crop until the new harvest comes in the ninth year.' 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 And remember, the land must never be sold on a permanent basis because it really belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenants living with me." 23 " 'The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.
24 "With every sale of land there must be a stipulation that the land can be redeemed at any time. 24 Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.
25 If any of your Israelite relatives go bankrupt and are forced to sell some inherited land, then a close relative, a kinsman redeemer, may buy it back for them. 25 " 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells some of his property, his nearest relative is to come and redeem what his countryman has sold.
26 If there is no one to redeem the land but the person who sold it manages to get enough money to buy it back, 26 If, however, a man has no one to redeem it for him but he himself prospers and acquires sufficient means to redeem it,
27 then that person has the right to redeem it from the one who bought it. The price of the land will be based on the number of years until the next Year of Jubilee. After buying it back, the original owner may then return to the land. 27 he is to determine the value for the years 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.
28 But if the original owner cannot afford to redeem it, then it will belong to the new owner until the next Year of Jubilee. In the jubilee year, the land will be returned to the original owner." 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 returned in the Jubilee, and he can then go back to his property.
29 "Anyone who sells a house inside a walled city has the right to redeem it for a full year after its sale. During that time, the seller retains the right to buy it back. 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 But if it is not redeemed within a year, then the house within the walled city will become the permanent property of the buyer. It will not be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee. 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 a house in a village -- a settlement without fortified walls -- will be treated like property in the open fields. Such a house may be redeemed at any time and must be returned to the original owner in the Year of 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 any house they have sold within the cities belonging to them. 32 " 'The Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the Levitical towns, which they possess.
33 And any property that can be redeemed by the Levites -- all houses within the Levitical cities -- must be returned in the Year of Jubilee. After all, the cities reserved for the Levites are the only property they own in all Israel. 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 The strip of pastureland around each of the Levitical cities may never be sold. It is their permanent ancestral property." 34 But the pastureland belonging to their towns must not be sold; it is their permanent possession.
35 "If any of your Israelite relatives fall into poverty and cannot support themselves, support them as you would a resident foreigner and allow them to live with you. 35 " 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.
36 Do not demand an advance or charge interest on the money you lend them. Instead, show your fear of God by letting them live with you as your relatives. 36 Do not take interest of any kind from him, but fear your God, so that your countryman may continue to live among you.
37 Remember, do not charge your relatives interest on anything you lend them, whether money or food. 37 You must not lend him money at interest or sell him food at a profit.
38 I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God." 38 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.
39 "If any of your Israelite relatives go bankrupt and sell themselves to you, do not treat them as slaves. 39 " 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him work as a slave.
40 Treat them instead as hired servants or as resident foreigners who live with you, and they will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee. 40 He is to be treated as a hired worker or a temporary resident among you; he is to work for you until the Year of Jubilee.
41 At that time they and their children will no longer be obligated to you, and they will return to their clan and ancestral property. 41 Then he and his children are to be released, and he will go back to his own clan and to the property of his forefathers.
42 The people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves. 42 Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves.
43 Show your fear of God by treating them well; never exercise your power over them in a ruthless way." 43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.
44 "However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. 44 " 'Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
45 You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, 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 passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way." 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 a resident foreigner becomes rich, and if some of your Israelite relatives go bankrupt and sell themselves to such a foreigner, 47 " 'If an alien or a temporary resident among you becomes rich and one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells himself to the alien living among you or to a member of the alien's clan,
48 they still retain the right of redemption. They may be bought back by a close relative -- 48 he retains the right of redemption after he has sold himself. One of his relatives may redeem him:
49 an uncle, a nephew, or anyone else who is closely related. They may also redeem themselves if they can get the money. 49 An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in his clan may redeem him. Or if he prospers, he may redeem himself.
50 The price of their freedom will be based on the number of years left until the next Year of Jubilee -- whatever it would cost to hire a servant for that number of years. 50 He and his buyer are to count the time from the year he sold himself up to the Year of Jubilee. The price for his release is to be based on the rate paid to a hired man for that number of years.
51 If many years still remain, they will repay most of what they received when they sold themselves. 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, then they will repay a relatively small amount for their redemption. 52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, he is to compute that and pay for his redemption accordingly.
53 The foreigner must treat them as servants hired on a yearly basis. You must not allow a resident foreigner to treat any of your Israelite relatives ruthlessly. 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.
54 If any Israelites have not been redeemed by the time the Year of Jubilee arrives, then they and their children must be set free at that time. 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 people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God." 55 for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.