1At the end of every seven years you shall make a release.
2This is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release that
which he has lent to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and
his brother; because Yahweh’s release has been proclaimed.
foreigner you may exact it: but whatever of your is with your brother your
hand shall release.
4However there shall be no poor with you; (for Yahweh
will surely bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you for an
inheritance to possess it;)
5if only you diligently listen to the voice
of Yahweh your God, to observe to do all this commandment which I command you
6For Yahweh your God will bless you, as he promised you: and
you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you shall rule
over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.
7If there be with
you a poor man, one of your brothers, within any of your gates in your land
which Yahweh your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut
your hand from your poor brother;
8but you shall surely open your hand to
him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need in that which
9Beware that there not be a base thought in your heart, saying,
The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and your eye be evil
against your poor brother, and you give him nothing; and he cry to Yahweh
against you, and it be sin to you.
10You shall surely give him, and your
heart shall not be grieved when you give to him; because that for this thing
Yahweh your God will bless you in all your work, and in all that you put your
11For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I
command you, saying, You shall surely open your hand to your brother, to your
needy, and to your poor, in your land.
12If your brother, a Hebrew man,
or a Hebrew woman, be sold to you, and serve you six years; then in the
seventh year you shall let him go free from you.
13When you let him go
free from you, you shall not let him go empty:
14you shall furnish him
liberally out of your flock, and out of your threshing floor, and out of your
winepress; as Yahweh your God has blessed you, you shall give to him.
15You shall remember that you were a bondservant in the land of Egypt,
and Yahweh your God redeemed you: therefore I command you this thing today.
16It shall be, if he tell you, I will not go out from you; because he
loves you and your house, because he is well with you;
17then you shall
take an awl, and thrust it through his ear to the door, and he shall be your
servant forever. Also to your female servant you shall do likewise.
shall not seem hard to you, when you let him go free from you; for to the
double of the hire of a hireling has he served you six years: and Yahweh your
God will bless you in all that you do.
19All the firstborn males that are
born of your herd and of your flock you shall sanctify to Yahweh your God:
you shall do no work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn
of your flock.
20You shall eat it before Yahweh your God year by year in
the place which Yahweh shall choose, you and your household.
21If it have
any blemish, as if it be lame or blind, any ill blemish whatever, you
shall not sacrifice it to Yahweh your God.
22You shall eat it within your
gates: the unclean and the clean shall eat it alike, as the gazelle,
and as the hart.
23Only you shall not eat its blood; you shall pour it
out on the ground as water.