" 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells some of his property, his nearest relative1 is to come and redeem2 what his countryman has sold.
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If, however, a man has no one to redeem it for him but he himself prospers3 and acquires sufficient means to redeem it,
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he is to determine the value for the years4 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.5
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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 returned6 in the Jubilee, and he can then go back to his property.7
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" '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.
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.
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.
" 'The Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the Levitical towns,8 which they possess.
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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.
But the pastureland belonging to their towns must not be sold; it is their permanent possession.9
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" 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor10 and is unable to support himself among you, help him11 as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.
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Do not take interest12 of any kind from him, but fear your God,13 so that your countryman may continue to live among you.
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You must not lend him money at interest14 or sell him food at a profit.
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I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan15 and to be your God.16
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" 'If one of your countrymen becomes poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him work as a slave.17
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He is to be treated as a hired worker18 or a temporary resident among you; he is to work for you until the Year of Jubilee.
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Then he and his children are to be released, and he will go back to his own clan and to the property19 of his forefathers.20
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Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt,21 they must not be sold as slaves.
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Do not rule over them ruthlessly,22 but fear your God.23
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" 'Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
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.
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.
" 'If an alien or a temporary resident among you becomes rich and one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells himself24 to the alien living among you or to a member of the alien's clan,
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he retains the right of redemption25 after he has sold himself. One of his relatives26 may redeem him:
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An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in his clan may redeem him. Or if he prospers,27 he may redeem himself.
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He and his buyer are to count the time from the year he sold himself up to the Year of Jubilee.28 The price for his release is to be based on the rate paid to a hired man29 for that number of years.
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If many years remain, he must pay for his redemption a larger share of the price paid for him.
If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, he is to compute that and pay for his redemption accordingly.30
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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.31
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" 'Even if he is not redeemed in any of these ways, he and his children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee,