You will receive this blessing if you are careful to obey all the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today.
The LORD your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. You will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you.
“But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.
Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.
Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year for canceling debts is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the LORD, you will be considered guilty of sin.
Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.
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.
“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.
“When you release a male servant, do not send him away empty-handed.
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.
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.
“But suppose your servant says, ‘I will not leave you,’ because he loves you and your family, and he has done well with you.