Deuteronomy 15:13

13 “When you release a male servant, do not send him away empty-handed.

Deuteronomy 15:13 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 15:13

And when thou sendest him out free from thee
When he discharged him from his servitude, and made him a free man:

thou shall not let him go away empty;
without anything to support himself, or to put himself in a way of business; he having in the time of his servitude worked entirely for his master, and so could not have got and saved anything for himself.

Deuteronomy 15:13 In-Context

11 There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.
12 “If a fellow Hebrew sells himself or herself to be your servant and serves you for six years, in the seventh year you must set that servant free.
13 “When you release a male servant, do not send him away empty-handed.
14 Give him a generous farewell gift from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress. Share with him some of the bounty with which the LORD your God has blessed you.
15 Remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you! That is why I am giving you this command.
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