Leviticus 25
Douay-Rheims Bible

The Sabbatic Year

(Exodus 23:10-13; Deuteronomy 15:1-6)

1And the Lord spoke to Moses in mount Sinai, saying: 2Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When you shall have entered into the land which I will give you, observe the rest of the sabbath to the Lord. 3Six years thou shalt sow thy field and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and shalt gather the fruits thereof: 4But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath to the land, of the resting of the Lord: thou shalt not sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. 5What the ground shall bring forth of itself, thou shalt not reap: neither shalt thou gather the grapes of the firstfruits as a vintage: for it is a year of rest to the land: 6But they shall be unto you for meat, to thee and to thy manservant, to thy maidservant and thy hireling, and to the strangers that sojourn with thee: 7All things that grow shall be meat to thy beasts and to thy cattle.

The Year of Jubilee

8Thou shalt also number to thee seven weeks of years, that is to say, seven times seven, which together make forty-nine years: 9And thou shalt sound the trumpet in the seventh month, the tenth day of the month, in the time of the expiation in all your land. 10And thou shalt sanctify the fiftieth year, and shalt proclaim remission to all the inhabitants of thy land: for it is the year of jubilee. Every man shall return to his possession, and every one shall go back to his former family: 11Because it is the jubilee and the fiftieth year. You shall not sow, nor reap the things that grow in the field of their own accord, neither shall you gather the firstfruits of the vines, 12Because of the sanctification of the jubilee: but as they grow you shall presently eat them.

Return of Property

13In the year of the jubilee all shall return to their possessions. 14When thou shalt sell any thing to thy neighbour, or shalt buy of him; grieve not thy brother: but thou shalt buy of him according to the number of years from the jubilee. 15And he shall sell to thee according to the computation of the fruits. 16The more years remain after the jubilee, the more shall the price increase: and the less time is counted, so much the less shall the purchase cost. For he shall sell to thee the time of the fruits. 17Do not afflict your countrymen, but let every one fear his God: because I am the Lord your God.

The Blessing of Obedience

(Deuteronomy 4:1-14; Deuteronomy 11:1-7; Deuteronomy 28:1-14)

18Do my precepts, and keep my judgments, and fulfil them: that you may dwell in the land without any fear, 19And the ground may yield you its fruits, of which you may eat your fill, fearing no man's invasion. 20But if you say: What shall we eat the seventh year, if we sow not, nor gather our fruits? 21I will give you my blessing the sixth year, and it shall yield the fruits of three years: 22And the eighth year you shall sow, and shall eat of the old fruits, until the ninth year: till new grow up, you shall eat the old store.

The Law of Redemption

23The land also shall not be sold for ever: because it is mine, and you are strangers and sojourners with me. 24For which cause all the country of your possession shall be under the condition of redemption.

25If thy brother being impoverished sell his little possession, and his kinsman will, he may redeem what he had sold. 26But if he have no kinsman, and he himself can find the price to redeem it: 27The value of the fruits shall be counted from that time when he sold it: and the overplus he shall restore to the buyer, and so shall receive his possession again. 28But if his hands find not the means to repay the price, the buyer shall have what he bought, until the year of the jubilee. For in that year all that is sold shall return to the owner, and to the ancient possessor.

29He that selleth a house within the walls of a city, shall have the liberty to redeem it, until one year be expired: 30If he redeem it not, and the whole year be fully out, the buyer shall possess it, and his posterity for ever, and it can- not be redeemed, not even in the jubilee. 31But if the house be in a village, that hath no walls, it shall be sold according to the same law as the fields: if it be not redeemed before, in the jubilee it shall return to the owner. 32The houses of Levites, which are in cities, may always be redeemed: 33If they be not redeemed, in the jubilee they shall all return to the owners, because the houses of the cities of the Levites are for their possessions among the children of Israel. 34But let not their suburbs be sold, because it is a perpetual possession.

Redemption of the Poor

35If thy brother be impoverished, and weak of hand, and thou receive him as a stranger and sojourner, and he live with thee, 36Take not usury of him nor more than thou gavest: fear thy God, that thy brother may live with thee. 37Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor exact of him any increase of fruits. 38I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that I might give you the land of Chanaan, and might be your God.

Redemption of Bondmen

39If thy brother constrained by poverty, sell himself to thee, thou shalt not oppress him with the service of bondservants: 40But he shall be as a hireling, and a sojourner: he shall work with thee until the year of the jubilee, 41And afterwards he shall go out with his children, and shall return to his kindred and to the possession of his fathers, 42For they are my servants, and I brought them out of the land of Egypt: let them not be sold as bondmen: 43Afflict him not by might, but fear thy God. 44Let your bondmen, and your bondwomen, be of the nations that are round about you. 45And of the strangers that sojourn among you, or that were born of them in your land, these you shall have for servants: 46And by right of inheritance shall leave them to your posterity, and shall possess them for ever. But oppress not your brethren the children of Israel by might.

Redemption of Servants

47If the hand of a stranger or a sojourner grow strong among you, and thy brother being impoverished sell himself to him, or to any of his race: 48After the sale he may be redeemed. He that will of his brethren shall redeem him: 49Either his uncle, or his uncle's son, or his kinsman, by blood, or by affinity. But if he himself be able also, he shall redeem himself, 50Counting only the years from the time of his selling unto the year of the jubilee: and counting the money that he was sold for, according to the number of the years and the reckoning of a hired servant, 51If there be many years that remain until the jubilee, according to them shall he also repay the price. 52If few, he shall make the reckoning with him according to the number of the years, and shall repay to the buyer of what remaineth of the years, 53His wages being allowed for which he served before: he shall not afflict him violently in thy sight. 54And if by these means he cannot be redeemed, in the year of the jubilee he shall go out with his children. 55For the children of Israel are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt.

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