- And the Lord spoke to Moses in the mount Sina, saying,
Lev 25:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, Whensoever ye shall have entered into the land, which I give to you, then the land shall rest which I give to you, for its sabbaths to the Lord.
Lev 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vine, and gather in its fruit.
Lev 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath, it shall be a rest to the land, a sabbath to the Lord: thou shalt not sow thy field, and thou shalt not prune thy vine.
Lev 25:5 And thou shalt not gather the spontaneous produce of thy field, and thou shalt not gather fully the grapes of thy dedication: it shall be a year of rest to the land.
Lev 25:6 And the sabbaths of the land shall be food for thee, and for thy man-servant, and for thy maid-servant, and thy hireling, and the stranger that abides with thee.
Lev 25:7 And for thy cattle, and for the wild beasts that are in thy land, shall every fruit of it be for food.
Lev 25:8 And thou shalt reckon to thyself seven sabbaths of years, seven times seven years; and they shall be to thee seven weeks of years, nine and forty years.
Lev 25:9 In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall make a proclamation with the sound of a trumpet in all your land; on the day of atonement ye shall make a proclamation with a trumpet in all your land.
Lev 25:10 And ye shall sanctify the year, the fiftieth year, and ye shall proclaim a release upon the land to all that inhabit it; it shall be given a year of release, a jubilee for you; and each one shall depart to his possession, and ye shall go each to his family.
Lev 25:11 This is a jubilee of release, the year shall be to you the fiftieth year: ye shall not sow, nor reap the produce that comes of itself from the land, neither shall ye gather its dedicated fruits.
Lev 25:12 For it is a jubilee of release; it shall be holy to you, ye shall eat its fruits off the fields.
Lev 25:13 In the year of the release even the jubilee of it, shall each one return to his possession.
Lev 25:14 And if thou shouldest sell a possession to thy neighbour, or if thou shouldest buy of thy neighbour, let not a man oppress his neighbour.
Lev 25:15 According to the number of years after the jubilee shalt thou buy of thy neighbour, according to the number of years of the fruits shall he sell to thee.
Lev 25:16 According as there may be a greater number of years he shall increase the value of his possession, and according as there may be a less number of years he shall lessen the value of his possession; for according to the number of his crops, so shall he sell to thee.
Lev 25:17 Let not a man oppress his neighbour, and thou shalt fear the Lord thy God: I am the Lord thy God.
Lev 25:18 And ye shall keep all my ordinances, and all my judgments; and do ye observe them, and ye shall keep them, and dwell securely in the land.
Lev 25:19 And the land shall yield her increase, and ye shall eat to fulness, and shall dwell securely in it.
Lev 25:20 And if ye should say, What shall we eat in this seventh year, if we do not sow nor gather in our fruits?
Lev 25:21 Then will I send my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and the land shall produce its fruits for three years.
Lev 25:22 And ye shall sow in the eighth year, and eat old fruits till the ninth year: until its fruit come, ye shall eat old fruits of the old.
Lev 25:23 And the land shall not be sold for a permanence; for the land is mine, because ye are strangers and sojourners before me.
Lev 25:24 And in every land of your possession, ye shall allow ransoms for the land.
Lev 25:25 And if thy brother who is with thee be poor, and should have sold part of his possession, and his kinsman who is nigh to him come, then he shall redeem the possession which his brother has sold.
Lev 25:26 And if one have no near kinsman, and he prosper with his hand, and he find sufficient money, even his ransom;
Lev 25:27 then shall he calculate the years of his sale, and he shall give what is due to the man to whom he sold it, and he shall return to his possession.
Lev 25:28 But if his hand have not prospered sufficiently, so as that he should restore the money to him, then he that bought the possessions shall have them till the sixth year of the release; and it shall go out in the release, and the owner shall return to his possession.
Lev 25:29 And if any one should sell an inhabited house in a walled city, then there shall be the ransom of it, until the time is fulfilled: its time of ransom shall be a full year.
Lev 25:30 And if it be not ransomed until there be completed of its time a full year, the house which is in the walled city shall be surely confirmed to him that bought it, throughout his generations; and it shall not go out in the release.
Lev 25:31 But the houses in the villages which have not a wall round about them, shall be reckoned as the fields of the country: they shall always be redeemable, and they shall go out in the release.
Lev 25:32 And the cities of the Levites, the houses of the cities in their possession, shall be always redeemable to the Levites.
Lev 25:33 And if any one shall redeem a house of the Levites, then shall their sale of the houses of then possession go out in the release; because the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession in the midst of the children of Israel.
Lev 25:34 And the lands set apart for their cities shall not be sold, because this is their perpetual possession.
Lev 25:35 And if thy brother who is with thee become poor, and he fail in resources with thee, thou shalt help him as a stranger and a sojourner, and thy brother shall live with thee.
Lev 25:36 Thou shalt not receive from him interest, nor increase: and thou shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord: and thy brother shall live with thee.
Lev 25:37 Thou shalt not lend thy money to him at interest, and thou shalt not lend thy meat to him to be returned with increase.
Lev 25:38 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Chanaan, so as to be your God.
Lev 25:39 And if thy brother by thee be lowered, and be sold to thee, he shall not serve thee with the servitude of a slave.
Lev 25:40 He shall be with thee as a hireling or a sojourner, he shall work for thee till the year of release:
Lev 25:41 and he shall go out in the release, and his children with him; and he shall go to his family, he shall hasten back to his patrimony.
Lev 25:42 Because these are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; such an one shall not be sold as a common servant.
Lev 25:43 Thou shalt not oppress him with labour, and shalt fear the Lord thy God.
Lev 25:44 And whatever number of men-servants and maid-servants thou shalt have, thou shalt purchase male and. female servants from the nations that are roundabout thee.
Lev 25:45 And of the sons of the sojourner that are among you, of these ye shall buy and of their relations, all that shall be in your lands; let them be to you for a possession.
Lev 25:46 And ye shall distribute them to your children after you, and they shall be to you permanent possessions for ever: but of your brethren the children of Israel, one shall not oppress his brother in labours.
Lev 25:47 And if a stranger or sojourner with thee wax rich, and thy brother in distress be sold to the stranger or the sojourner that is with thee, or to a proselyte by extraction;
Lev 25:48 after he is sold to him there shall be redemption for him, one of his brethren shall redeem him.
Lev 25:49 A brother of his father, or son of his father's brother shall redeem him; or let one of his near kin of his tribe redeem him, and if he should be rich and redeem himself,
Lev 25:50 then shall he calculate with his purchaser from the year that he sold himself to him until the year of release: and the money of his purchase shall be as that of a hireling, he shall be with him from year to year.
Lev 25:51 And if any have a greater number of years than enough, according to these he shall pay his ransom out of his purchase-money.
Lev 25:52 And if but a little time be left of the years to the year of release, then shall he reckon to him according to his years, and shall pay his ransom
Lev 25:53 as a hireling; he shall be with him from year to year; thou shalt not oppress him with labour before thee.
Lev 25:54 And if he do not pay his ransom accordingly, he shall go out in the year of his release, he and his children with him.
Lev 25:55 For the children of Israel are my servants: they are my attendants, whom I Drought out of the land of Egypt.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]