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 Deuteronomy 15
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The Sabbatic Year

1 "At R545 the end of every seven years you shall grant F224 a remission of debts. 2 "This is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD'S remission has been proclaimed. 3 "From R546 a foreigner you may exact it, but your hand shall release whatever of yours is with your brother. 4 "However, there will be no poor among you, since the R547 LORD will surely bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, 5 if only you listen obediently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today. 6 "For R548 the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.

7 "If there is a R549 poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns F225 in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you R550 shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; 8 but you R551 shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. 9 "Beware that there is no base thought F226 in your heart, saying, `The R552 seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your R553 eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may R554 cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you. 10 "You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for R555 this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your F227 undertakings. 11 "For R556 the poor will never cease to be in F228 the land; therefore I command you, saying, `You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'

12 "If R557 your kinsman, F229 a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him free. F230 13 "When you set him free, F231 you shall not send him away empty-handed. 14 "You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you. 15 "You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this F232 today. 16 "It shall come about if R558 he says to you, `I will not go out from you,' because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you; 17 then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant.

18 "It shall not seem hard to you when you set him free, F233 for he has given you six years with double F234 the service of a hired man; so the LORD your God will bless you in whatever you do.

19 "You R559 shall consecrate to the LORD your God all the firstborn males that are born of your herd and of your flock; you shall not work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock. 20 "You R560 and your household shall eat it every year before the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses. 21 "But R561 if it has any defect, F235 such as lameness or blindness, or any serious defect, F235 you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God. 22 "You shall eat it within your gates; the R562 unclean and the clean alike may eat it, as a R562 gazelle or a deer. 23 "Only you R563 shall not eat its blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.

F224: Lit make a release
F225: Lit gates
F226: Lit word
F227: Lit the putting forth of your hand
F228: Lit in the midst of
F229: Lit brother
F230: Lit free from you
F231: Lit free from you
F232: Lit this thing
F233: Lit free from you
F234: Lit double the amount
F235: Lit blemish
F235: Lit blemish

R545: Deuteronomy 31:10
R546: Deuteronomy 23:20
R547: Deuteronomy 28:8
R548: Deuteronomy 28:12,13
R549: Leviticus 25:35; Deuteronomy 15:11
R550: 1 John 3:17
R551: Matthew 5:42; Luke 6:34; Galatians 2:10
R552: Deuteronomy 15:1
R553: Matthew 20:15
R554: Exodus 22:23; Deuteronomy 24:15; Job 1:34:28; Psalms 12:5; James 5:4
R555: Deuteronomy 14:29; Psalms 41:1; Proverbs 22:9
R556: Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7; John 12:8
R557: Exodus 21:2-6; Leviticus 25:39-43; Jeremiah 34:14
R558: Exodus 21:5,6
R559: Exodus 13:2,12
R560: Leviticus 7:15-18; Deuteronomy 12:5; 14:23
R561: Leviticus 22:19-25; Deuteronomy 17:1
R562: Deuteronomy 12:15,16,22
R562: Deuteronomy 12:15,16,22
R563: Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 7:26; 17:10; 19:26; Deuteronomy 12:16,23


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