Deuteronomy 15 ©
The seventh year a year of release for the poor. It must be no hindrance to lending or giving. An Hebrew servant, unless he be unwilling to depart, must in the seventh year go forth free and well furnished. All firstling males of the cattle are to be sanctified unto the Lord.
And this is the manner of the release: Every 1creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD's release.
Beware ithat there be not a 3thought in thy 4wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and jhe cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be ksin unto thee.
Thou shalt lsurely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that mfor this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
For the npoor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, oThou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath rblessed thee thou shalt give unto him.
Then thou shalt take an *aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant ufor ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.
¶xAll the *firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the yfirstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.
zThou shalt eat it before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, thou and thy household.
Thou shalt eat bit within thy gates: cthe unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the *hart.