While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD said to him,
“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you have entered the land I am giving you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath rest before the LORD every seventh year.
For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops,
but during the seventh year the land must have a Sabbath year of complete rest. It is the LORD ’s Sabbath. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards during that year.
And don’t store away the crops that grow on their own or gather the grapes from your unpruned vines. The land must have a year of complete rest.
But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own during its Sabbath. This applies to you, your male and female servants, your hired workers, and the temporary residents who live with you.
Your livestock and the wild animals in your land will also be allowed to eat what the land produces.
“In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all.
Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land.
Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan.
This fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year you must not plant your fields or store away any of the crops that grow on their own, and don’t gather the grapes from your unpruned vines.
It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must keep it holy. But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own.