Leviticus 25

Leviticus 25

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1 While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD said to him,

2 "Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you have entered the land I am giving you as an inheritance, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD every seventh year.

3 For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops,

4 but during the seventh year the land will enjoy a Sabbath year of rest to the LORD. Do not plant your crops or prune your vineyards during that entire year.

5 And don't store away the crops that grow naturally or process the grapes that grow on your unpruned vines. The land is to have a year of total rest.

6 But you, your male and female slaves, your hired servants, and any foreigners who live with you may eat the produce that grows naturally during the Sabbath year.

7 And your livestock and the wild animals will also be allowed to eat of the land's bounty.

8 "In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven years times seven, adding up to forty-nine years in all.

9 Then on the Day of Atonement of the fiftieth year,* blow the trumpets loud and long throughout the land.1

10 This year will be set apart as holy, a time to proclaim release for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you returns to the lands that belonged to your ancestors and rejoins your clan.

11 Yes, the fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year, do not plant any seeds or store away any of the crops that grow naturally, and do not process the grapes that grow on your unpruned vines.

12 It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must observe it as a special and holy time. You may, however, eat the produce that grows naturally in the fields that year.

13 In the Year of Jubilee each of you must return to the lands that belonged to your ancestors.

14 "When you make an agreement with a neighbor to buy or sell property, you must never take advantage of each other.

15 When you buy land from your neighbor, the price of the land should be based on the number of years since the last jubilee. The seller will charge you only for the crop years left until the next Year of Jubilee.

16 The more the years, the higher the price; the fewer the years, the lower the price. After all, the person selling the land is actually selling you a certain number of harvests.

17 Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I, the LORD, am your God.

18 "If you want to live securely in the land, keep my laws and obey my regulations.

19 Then the land will yield bumper crops, and you will eat your fill and live securely in it.

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?'

21 The answer is, `I will order my blessing for you in the sixth year, so the land will produce a bumper crop, enough to support you for three years.

22 As you plant the seed in the eighth year, you will still be eating the produce of the previous year. In fact, you will eat from the old crop until the new harvest comes in the ninth year.'

23 And remember, the land must never be sold on a permanent basis because it really belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenants living with me.

24 "With every sale of land there must be a stipulation that the land can be redeemed at any time.

25 If any of your Israelite relatives go bankrupt and are forced to sell some inherited land, then a close relative, a kinsman redeemer, may buy it back for them.

26 If there is no one to redeem the land but the person who sold it manages to get enough money to buy it back,

27 then that person has the right to redeem it from the one who bought it. The price of the land will be based on the number of years until the next Year of Jubilee. After buying it back, the original owner may then return to the land.

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1: Hebrew on the tenth day of the seventh month, on the Day of Atonement; see 23:27 and the note there.

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

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