Leviticus 25:52

Overview - Leviticus 25
The sabbath of the seventh year.
The jubilee in the fiftieth year.
14 Of oppression.
18 A blessing of obedience.
23 The redemption of land.
29 Of houses.
35 Compassion to the poor.
39 The usage of bondmen.
47 The redemption of servants.
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Leviticus 25:52  (King James Version)
And if there remain but few years unto the year of jubile, then he shall count with him, and according unto his years shall he give him again the price of his redemption.

The jubilee was a wonderful institution, and of great service to the religion, freedom, and independence of the Hebrews. It was calculated to prevent the rich from oppressing the poor, and reducing them to perpetual slavery; and to hinder their obtaining possession of all the lands by purchase, mortgage, or usurpation. It was further intended, that debts should not be multiplied too much, lest the poor should be entirely ruined; that slaves should not always continue in servitude; that personal liberty, equality of property, and the regular order of families might, as much as possible, be preserved; and that the people might thus be strongly attached to their country, lands, and inheritances.