Deuteronomy 15

Deuteronomy 15

1The seventh year a year of release for the poor. 7It must be no hindrance to lending or giving. 12An Hebrew servant, unless he be unwilling to depart, must in the seventh year go forth free and well furnished. 19All firstling males of the cattle are to be sanctified unto the Lord.

1 At the end of every 1seven years thou shalt make a release.

2 And this is the manner of the release: Every acreditor 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.

3 Of 1a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;

4 aSave when there shall be no poor among you; for the Lord shall 1greatly bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:

5 Only 1if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.

6 For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and 1thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and 2thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

7 ¶ If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou 1shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

8 But 1thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

9 Beware 1that there be not a athought in thy bwicked 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 2he cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be 3sin unto thee.

10 Thou shalt 1surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that 2for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

11 For the 1poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, 2Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

12And 1if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.

13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou 1shalt not let him go away empty:

14 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 1blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.

15 And thou 1shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.

16 And it shall be, 1if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;

17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant 1for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.

18 It shall not seem 1hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a 2double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.

191All 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 2firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.

20 1Thou shalt eat it before the Lord thy God year by year in the place which the Lord shall choose, thou and thy household.

21 And 1if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the Lord thy God.

22 Thou shalt eat 1it within thy gates: 2the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart.

23 Only 1thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.

Deuteronomy 15