Leviticus 24; Leviticus 25

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Leviticus 24

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee the finest and clearest oil of olives, to furnish the lamps continually,
3 Without the veil of the testimony in the tabernacle of the covenant. And Aaron shall set them from evening until morning before the Lord, by a perpetual service and rite in your generations.
4 They shall be set upon the most pure candlestick before the Lord continually.
5 Thou shalt take also fine flour, and shalt bake twelve loaves thereof, two tenths shall be in every loaf.
6 And thou shalt set them six and six, one against another, upon the most clean table before the Lord.
7 And thou shalt put upon them the clearest frankincense, that the bread may be for a memorial of the oblation of the Lord.
8 Every sabbath they shall be changed before the Lord: being received of the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
9 And they shall be Aaron’s and his sons’, that they may eat them in the holy place: because it is most holy of the sacrifices of the Lord by a perpetual right.
10 And behold there went out the son of a woman of Israel, whom she had of an Egyptian, among the children of Israel: and fell at words in the camp with a man of Israel.
11 And when he had blasphemed the name, and had cursed it, he was brought to Moses. (Now his mother was called Salumith, the daughter of Dabri, of the tribe of Dan.)
12 And they put him into prison, till they might know what the Lord would command.
13 And the Lord spoke to Moses,
14 Saying: Bring forth the blasphemer without the camp: and let them that heard him, put their hands upon his head: and let all the people stone him.
15 And thou shalt speak to the children of Israel: The man that curseth his God, shall bear his sin:
16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, dying let him die. All the multitude shall stone him, whether he be a native or a stranger. He that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, dying let him die.
17 He that striketh and killeth a man: dying let him die.
18 He that killeth a beast, shall make it good that is to say, shall give beast for beast.
19 He that giveth a blemish to any of his neighbours: as he hath done, so shall it be done to him:
20 Breach for breach, eye for ere, tooth for tooth, shall he restore. What blemish he gave, the like shall he be compelled to suffer.
21 He that striketh a beast, shall render another. He that striketh a man shall be punished.
22 Let there be equal judgment among you, whether he be a stranger, or a native that offends: because I am the Lord your God.
23 And Moses spoke to the children of Israel. And they brought forth him that had blasphemed, without the camp: and they stoned him. And the children of Israel did as the Lord had commanded Moses.
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Leviticus 25

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses in mount Sinai, saying:
2 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When you shall have entered into the land which I will give you, observe the rest of the sabbath of the Lord.
3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and shalt gather the fruits thereof.
4 But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath to the land, of the resting of the Lord. Thou shalt not sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
5 What the ground shall bring forth of itself, thou shalt not reap: neither shalt thou gather the grapes or the firstfruits as a vintage. For it is a year of rest to the land.
6 But they shall be unto you for meat, to thee and to thy manservant, to thy maidservant and thy hireling, and to the strangers that sojourn with thee.
7 All things that grow shall be meat to thy beasts and to thy cattle.
8 Thou shalt also number to thee seven weeks of years: that is to say, seven times seven, which together make forty-nine years.
9 And thou shalt sound the trumpet in the seventh month, the tenth day of the month, in the time of the expiation in all your land.
10 And thou shalt sanctify the fiftieth year, and shalt proclaim remission to all the inhabitants of thy land: for it is the year of jubilee. Every man shall return to his possession, and every one shall go back to his former family:
11 Because it is the jubilee and the fiftieth year. You shall not sow, nor reap the things that grow in the field of their own accord, neither shall you gather the firstfruits of the vines,
12 Because of the sanctification of the jubilee. But as they grow you shall presently eat them.
13 In the year of the jubilee all shall return to their possessions.
14 When thou shalt sell any thing to thy neighbour, or shalt buy of him: grieve not thy brother. But thou shalt buy of him according to the number of years from the jubilee.
15 And he shall sell to thee according to the computation of the fruits.
16 The more years remain after the jubilee, the more shall the price increase: and the less time is counted, so much the less shall the purchase cost. For he shall sell to thee the time of the fruits.
17 Do not afflict your countrymen: but let every one fear his God. Because I am the Lord your God.
18 Do my precepts, and keep my judgments, and fulfil them: that you may dwell in the land without any fear.
19 And the ground may yield you its fruits, of which you may eat your fill, fearing no man’s invasion.
20 But if you say: What shall we eat the seventh year, if we sow not, nor gather our fruits?
21 I will give you my blessing the sixth year: and it shall yield the fruits of three years.
22 And the eighth year you shall sow, and shall eat of the old fruits, until the ninth year: till new grow up, you shall eat the old store.
23 The land also shall not be sold for ever: because it is mine, and you are strangers and sojourners with me.
24 For which cause all the country of your possession shall be under the condition of redemption.
25 If thy brother being impoverished sell his little possession, and his kinsman will: he may redeem what he had sold.
26 But if he have no kinsman, and he himself can find the price to redeem it:
27 The value of the fruits shall be counted from that time when he sold it. And the overplus he shall restore to the buyer, and so shall receive his possession again.
28 But if his hands find not the means to repay the price, the buyer shall have what he bought, until the year of the jubilee. For in that year all that is sold shall return to the owner, and to the ancient possessor.
29 He that selleth a house within the walls of a city, shall have the liberty to redeem it, until one year be expired.
30 If he redeem it not, and the whole year be fully out, the buyer shall possess it, and his posterity for ever, and it cannot be redeemed, not even in the jubilee.
31 But if the house be in a village, that hath no walls, it shall be sold according to the same law as the fields. If it be not redeemed before, in the jubilee it shall return to the owner.
32 The houses of Levites, which are in cities, may always be redeemed.
33 If they be not redeemed, in the jubilee they shall all return to the owners: because the houses of the cities of the Levites are for their possessions among the children of Israel.
34 But let not their suburbs be sold, because it is a perpetual possession.
35 If thy brother be impoverished, and weak of hand, and thou receive him as a stranger and sojourner, and he live with thee:
36 Take not usury of him nor more than thou gavest. Fear thy God, that thy brother may live with thee.
37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury: nor exact of him any increase of fruits.
38 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that I might give you the land of Chanaan, and might be your God.
39 If thy brother constrained by poverty, sell himself to thee: thou shalt not oppress him with the service of bondservants.
40 But he shall be as a hireling, and a sojourner: he shall work with thee until the year of the jubilee.
41 And afterwards he shall go out with his children: and shall return to his kindred and to the possession of his fathers.
42 For they are my servants, and I brought them out of the land of Egypt: let them not be sold as bondmen.
43 Afflict him not by might: but fear thy God.
44 Let your bondmen, and your bondwomen, be of the nations that are round about you:
45 And of the strangers that sojourn among you, or that were born of them in your land. These you shall have for servants:
46 And by right of inheritance shall leave them to your posterity, and shall possess them for ever. But oppress not your brethren the children of Israel by might.
47 If the hand of a stranger or a sojourner grow strong among you, and thy brother being impoverished sell himself to him, or to any of his race:
48 After the sale he may be redeemed. He that will of his brethren shall redeem him:
49 Either his uncle, or his uncle’s son, or his kinsman, by blood, or by affinity. But if he himself be able also, he shall redeem himself:
50 Counting only the years from the time of his selling unto the year of the jubilee: and counting the money that he was sold for, according to the number of the years and the reckoning of a hired servant.
51 If there be many years that remain until the jubilee, according to them shall he also repay the price.
52 If few, he shall make the reckoning with him according to the number of the years: and shall repay to the buyer of what remaineth of the years.
53 His wages being allowed for which he served before: he shall not afflict him violently in thy sight.
54 And if by these means he cannot be redeemed, in the year of the jubilee he shall go out with his children.
55 For the children of Israel are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt.
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