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26 If a man has no redeemer, but he prospers[a] and gains enough for its redemption,[b] 27 he is to calculate the value of the years it was sold,[c] refund the balance[d] to the man to whom he had sold it, and return to his property. 28 If he has not prospered enough to refund[e] a balance to him, then what he sold[f] will belong to[g] the one who bought it until the Jubilee year, but it must revert[h] in the Jubilee and the original owner[i] may return to his property.

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  1. Leviticus 25:26 tn Heb “and his hand reaches.”
  2. Leviticus 25:26 tn Heb “and he finds as sufficiency of its redemption.”
  3. Leviticus 25:27 tn Heb “and he shall calculate its years of sale.”
  4. Leviticus 25:27 tn Heb “and return the excess.”
  5. Leviticus 25:28 tn Heb “And if his hand has not found sufficiency of returning.” Although some versions take this to mean that he has not made enough to regain the land (e.g., NASB, NRSV; see also B. A. Levine, Leviticus [JPSTC], 176), the combination of terms in Hebrew corresponds to the portion of v. 27 that refers specifically to refunding the money (cf. v. 27; see NIV and G. J. Wenham, Leviticus [NICOT], 315).
  6. Leviticus 25:28 tn Heb “his sale.”
  7. Leviticus 25:28 tn Heb “will be in the hand of.” This refers to the temporary control of the one who purchased its produce until the next Year of Jubilee, at which time it would revert to the original owner.
  8. Leviticus 25:28 tn Heb “it shall go out” (so KJV, ASV; see B. A. Levine, Leviticus [JPSTC], 176).
  9. Leviticus 25:28 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the original owner of the land) has been specified in the translation for clarity.