Leviticus 25

Leviticus 25

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28 But if the original owner cannot afford to redeem it, then it will belong to the new owner until the next Year of Jubilee. In the jubilee year, the land will be returned to the original owner.

29 "Anyone who sells a house inside a walled city has the right to redeem it for a full year after its sale. During that time, the seller retains the right to buy it back.

30 But if it is not redeemed within a year, then the house within the walled city will become the permanent property of the buyer. It will not be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.

31 But a house in a village--a settlement without fortified walls--will be treated like property in the open fields. Such a house may be redeemed at any time and must be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.

32 "The Levites always have the right to redeem any house they have sold within the cities belonging to them.

33 And any property that can be redeemed by the Levites--all houses within the Levitical cities--must be returned in the Year of Jubilee. After all, the cities reserved for the Levites are the only property they own in all Israel.

34 The strip of pastureland around each of the Levitical cities may never be sold. It is their permanent ancestral property.

35 "If any of your Israelite relatives fall into poverty and cannot support themselves, support them as you would a resident foreigner and allow them to live with you.

36 Do not demand an advance or charge interest on the money you lend them. Instead, show your fear of God by letting them live with you as your relatives.

37 Remember, do not charge your relatives interest on anything you lend them, whether money or food.

38 I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

39 "If any of your Israelite relatives go bankrupt and sell themselves to you, do not treat them as slaves.

40 Treat them instead as hired servants or as resident foreigners who live with you, and they will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee.

41 At that time they and their children will no longer be obligated to you, and they will return to their clan and ancestral property.

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.

43 Show your fear of God by treating them well; never exercise your power over them in a ruthless way.

44 "However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you.

45 You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property,

46 passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.

47 "If a resident foreigner becomes rich, and if some of your Israelite relatives go bankrupt and sell themselves to such a foreigner,

48 they still retain the right of redemption. They may be bought back by a close relative--

49 an uncle, a nephew, or anyone else who is closely related. They may also redeem themselves if they can get the money.

50 The price of their freedom will be based on the number of years left until the next Year of Jubilee--whatever it would cost to hire a servant for that number of years.

51 If many years still remain, they will repay most of what they received when they sold themselves.

52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, then they will repay a relatively small amount for their redemption.

53 The foreigner must treat them as servants hired on a yearly basis. You must not allow a resident foreigner to treat any of your Israelite relatives ruthlessly.

54 If any Israelites have not been redeemed by the time the Year of Jubilee arrives, then they and their children must be set free at that time.

55 For the people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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