THE THIRD BOOK OF
L E V I T I C U S
Leviticus 25 ©
Laws concerning of the rest of the land the seventh year, v. 1, etc. Of the year of the jubilee, to be kept every fiftieth year, 8. Of the manner of buying and selling inheritable goods, according to the number of years to the jubilee, 14. Of the right of redeeming sold inheritances, 23. Of usury, and of kindness to the poor Israelites, 35. Of the right of the Hebrew bondmen, how they were to be bought, dealt with and redeemed, 39.
AND the LORD spake unto Moses 1in mount Sinai, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whena ye come into the land which I give you, then 2shall the land 3keep a 4sabbath unto 5the LORD.
Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine 6undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land.
And the 7sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee,
And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat.
¶And thou shalt number 8seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubileb9to sound on the tenth day of the 10seventh month, in the day of 11atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
And ye shall 12hallow the 13fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a 14jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man 15unto his family.
A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in 16it of thy vine undressed.
For it is the jubile; it shall be 17holy unto you: ye shall eat 18the increase thereof out of the field.
In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.
And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not 19oppress 20one another:
According to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number 21of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee:
According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the 22price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it: for according to the 23number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee.
Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God.
¶Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.
And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety.
And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:
Then I will 24command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.
And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until 25her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store.
¶The land shall not be sold 26for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
And in all the land of your possession 27ye shall 28grant a redemption for the land.
¶If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.
And if the man have none to redeem it, and himself 29be able to 30redeem it;
Then let him count the 31years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus unto the man to whom he sold it; that he may return unto his possession.
But if he 32be not able to restore it to him, then that which is sold shall remain in the hand of him that hath bought it until the year of jubile: and in the jubile it 33shall go out, and he shall return unto his possession.
And if a man sell a dwelling house in a 34walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; within a 35full year may he redeem it.
And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be established 36for ever to him that bought it throughout his generations: 37it shall not go out in the jubile.
But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be counted as the fields of the country: 38they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubile.
Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem 39at any time.
And if a man purchase 40of the Levites, then the 41house that was sold, and the 42city of his possession, shall go out in the year of jubile: for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel.
But the field of the 43suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is 44their perpetual possession.
¶And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay 45with thee; then thou shalt 46relieve him: yea, though he be a 47stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.
Take thou noc48usury of him, or 49increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.
Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.
I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and 50to be your God.
¶Andd if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be 51sold unto thee; 52thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant:
But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile:
And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own 53family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.
For they are my 54servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold 55as bondmen.
Thoue shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.
Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.
Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your 56possession.
And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your 57bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.
¶And if a sojourner or stranger wax 58rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee, or 59to the stock of the stranger's family:
After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him:
Either his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself.
And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubile: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of 60years, according to the time of an hired servant 61shall it be with him.
If there be yet many 62years behind, 63according unto them he shall give again 64the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for.
And if there remain but few years unto the year of jubile, then he shall count with him, and according unto his years shall he give him again the price of his redemption.
And as a 65yearly hired servant shall he be with him: and the other shall not rule with rigour over him 66in thy sight.
And if he be not redeemed 67in these years, then he shall go out in the year of jubile, both he, and his children with him.
For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.