Leviticus 25:39–26:2

39 aIf a 1countryman of yours becomes so poor with regard to you that he sells himself to you, you shall not subject him to a slave’s service.

40 ‘He shall be with you as a hired man, as aif he were a sojourner; he shall serve with you until the year of jubilee.

41 ‘He shall then go out from you, he and his sons with him, and shall go back to his family, that he may return to the property of his forefathers.

42 ‘For they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt; they are not to be sold in a slave sale.

43 aYou shall not rule over him with severity, but are to revere your God.

44 ‘As for your male and female slaves whom you may have—you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you.

45 ‘Then, too, it is out of the sons of the sojourners who live as aliens among you that you may gain acquisition, and out of their families who are with you, whom they will have 1produced in your land; they also may become your possession.

46 ‘You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. aBut in respect to your 1countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.

Of Redeeming a Poor Man

47 ‘Now if the 1means of a stranger or of a sojourner with you becomes sufficient, and a 2countryman of yours becomes so poor with regard to him as to sell himself to a stranger who is sojourning with you, or to the descendants of a stranger’s family,

48 then he shall have redemption right after he has been sold. One of his brothers may redeem him,

49 or his uncle, or his uncle’s son, may redeem him, or one of his blood relatives from his family may redeem him; or 1aif he prospers, he may redeem himself.

50 ‘He then with his purchaser shall calculate from the year when he sold himself to him up to the year of jubilee; and the price of his sale shall correspond to the number of years. It is like the days of a hired man that he shall be with him.

51 ‘If there are still many years, ahe shall refund part of his purchase price in proportion to them for his own redemption;

52 and if few years remain until the year of jubilee, he shall so calculate with him. In proportion to his years he is to refund the amount for his redemption.

53 ‘Like a man hired year by year he shall be with him; ahe shall not rule over him with severity in your sight.

54 ‘Even if he is not redeemed by 1these means, ahe shall still go out in the year of jubilee, he and his sons with him.

55 ‘For the sons of Israel are My servants; they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Chapter 26

Blessings of Obedience

1 ‘You shall not make for yourselves 1aidols, nor shall you set up for yourselves ban image or ca sacred pillar, nor shall you place a dfigured stone in your land to bow down 2to it; for I am the Lord your God.

2 aYou shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the Lord.

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