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Leviticus 25 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:1 - While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD said to him,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:2 - “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you have entered the land I am giving you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath rest before the LORD every seventh year.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:3 - For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:4 - but during the seventh year the land must have a Sabbath year of complete rest. It is the LORD’s Sabbath. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards during that year.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:5 - And don’t store away the crops that grow on their own or gather the grapes from your unpruned vines. The land must have a year of complete rest.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:6 - But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own during its Sabbath. This applies to you, your male and female servants, your hired workers, and the temporary residents who live with you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:7 - Your livestock and the wild animals in your land will also be allowed to eat what the land produces.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:8 - “In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:9 - Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year,[fn] blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:10 - Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:11 - This fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year you must not plant your fields or store away any of the crops that grow on their own, and don’t gather the grapes from your unpruned vines.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:12 - It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must keep it holy. But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:13 - In the Year of Jubilee each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:14 - “When you make an agreement with your neighbor to buy or sell property, you must not take advantage of each other.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:15 - When you buy land from your neighbor, the price you pay must be based on the number of years since the last jubilee. The seller must set the price by taking into account the number of years remaining until the next Year of Jubilee.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:16 - The more years until the next jubilee, the higher the price; the fewer years, the lower the price. After all, the person selling the land is actually selling you a certain number of harvests.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:17 - Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I am the LORD your God.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:18 - “If you want to live securely in the land, follow my decrees and obey my regulations.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:19 - Then the land will yield large crops, and you will eat your fill and live securely in it.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:20 - But you might ask, ‘What will we eat during the seventh year, since we are not allowed to plant or harvest crops that year?’

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:21 - Be assured that I will send my blessing for you in the sixth year, so the land will produce a crop large enough for three years.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:22 - When you plant your fields in the eighth year, you will still be eating from the large crop of the sixth year. In fact, you will still be eating from that large crop when the new crop is harvested in the ninth year.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:23 - “The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:24 - “With every purchase of land you must grant the seller the right to buy it back.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:25 - If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell some family land, then a close relative should buy it back for him.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:26 - If there is no close relative to buy the land, but the person who sold it gets enough money to buy it back,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:27 - he then has the right to redeem it from the one who bought it. The price of the land will be discounted according to the number of years until the next Year of Jubilee. In this way the original owner can then return to the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:28 - But if the original owner cannot afford to buy back the land, it will remain with the new owner until the next Year of Jubilee. In the jubilee year, the land must be returned to the original owners so they can return to their family land.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:29 - “Anyone who sells a house inside a walled town has the right to buy it back for a full year after its sale. During that year, the seller retains the right to buy it back.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:30 - But if it is not bought back within a year, the sale of the house within the walled town cannot be reversed. It will become the permanent property of the buyer. It will not be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:31 - But a house in a village—a settlement without fortified walls—will be treated like property in the countryside. Such a house may be bought back at any time, and it must be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:32 - “The Levites always have the right to buy back a house they have sold within the towns allotted to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:33 - And any property that is sold by the Levites—all houses within the Levitical towns—must be returned in the Year of Jubilee. After all, the houses in the towns reserved for the Levites are the only property they own in all Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:34 - The open pastureland around the Levitical towns may never be sold. It is their permanent possession.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:35 - “If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and cannot support himself, support him as you would a foreigner or a temporary resident and allow him to live with you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:36 - Do not charge interest or make a profit at his expense. Instead, show your fear of God by letting him live with you as your relative.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:37 - Remember, do not charge interest on money you lend him or make a profit on food you sell him.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:38 - I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:39 - “If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell himself to you, do not treat him as a slave.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:40 - Treat him instead as a hired worker or as a temporary resident who lives with you, and he will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:41 - At that time he and his children will no longer be obligated to you, and they will return to their clans and go back to the land originally allotted to their ancestors.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:42 - The people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:43 - Show your fear of God by not treating them harshly.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:44 - “However, you may purchase male and female slaves from among the nations around you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:45 - You may also purchase the children of temporary residents who live among you, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:46 - passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat them as slaves, but you must never treat your fellow Israelites this way.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:47 - “Suppose a foreigner or temporary resident becomes rich while living among you. If any of your fellow Israelites fall into poverty and are forced to sell themselves to such a foreigner or to a member of his family,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:48 - they still retain the right to be bought back, even after they have been purchased. They may be bought back by a brother,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:49 - an uncle, or a cousin. In fact, anyone from the extended family may buy them back. They may also redeem themselves if they have prospered.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:50 - They will negotiate the price of their freedom with the person who bought them. The price will be based on the number of years from the time they were sold until the next Year of Jubilee—whatever it would cost to hire a worker for that period of time.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:51 - If many years still remain until the jubilee, they will repay the proper proportion of what they received when they sold themselves.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:52 - If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, they will repay a small amount for their redemption.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:53 - The foreigner must treat them as workers hired on a yearly basis. You must not allow a foreigner to treat any of your fellow Israelites harshly.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:54 - If any Israelites have not been bought back by the time the Year of Jubilee arrives, they and their children must be set free at that time.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:55 - For the people of Israel belong to me. They are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew on the tenth day of the seventh month, on the Day of Atonement; see 23:27a and the note there.

NLT

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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