The Law of Redemption

23 ‘The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for (A)the land is Mine; for (B)you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. 24 Thus for every [a]piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land.

25 (C)If a [b]fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman is to come and buy back what his [c]relative has sold. 26 Or in case a man has no kinsman, but so [d]recovers his means as to find sufficient for its redemption, 27 (D)then he shall calculate the years since its sale and refund the balance to the man to whom he sold it, and so return to his property. 28 But if [e]he has not found sufficient means to get it back for himself, then what he has sold shall remain in the hands of its purchaser until the year of jubilee; but at the jubilee it shall [f]revert, that (E)he may return to his property.

29 ‘Likewise, if a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, then his redemption right remains valid until a full year from its sale; his right of redemption lasts a full year. 30 But if it is not bought back for him within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city passes permanently to its purchaser throughout his generations; it does not [g]revert in the jubilee. 31 The houses of the villages, however, which have no surrounding wall shall be considered [h]as open fields; they have redemption rights and [i]revert in the jubilee. 32 As for (F)cities of the Levites, the Levites have a permanent right of redemption for the houses of the cities which are their possession. 33 What, therefore, [j]belongs to the Levites may be redeemed and a house sale [k]in the city of this possession [l]reverts in the jubilee, for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the sons of Israel. 34 (G)But pasture fields of their cities shall not be sold, for that is their perpetual possession.

Of Poor Countrymen

35 (H)Now in case a [m]countryman of yours becomes poor and his [n]means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. 36 (I)Do not take [o]usurious interest from him, but revere your God, that your [p]countryman may live with you. 37 You shall not give him your silver at interest, nor your food for gain. 38 (J)I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and (K)to be your God.

39 (L)If a [q]countryman 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 (M)if 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 (N)You 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 [r]produced 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. (O)But in respect to your [s]countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.

Of Redeeming a Poor Man

47 ‘Now if the [t]means of a stranger or of a sojourner with you becomes sufficient, and a [u]countryman 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 [v](P)if 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, (Q)he 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; (R)he shall not rule over him with severity in your sight. 54 Even if he is not redeemed by [w]these means, (S)he 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.

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  1. Leviticus 25:24 Lit land
  2. Leviticus 25:25 Lit brother
  3. Leviticus 25:25 Lit brother
  4. Leviticus 25:26 Lit his hand reaches
  5. Leviticus 25:28 Lit his hand has not found sufficient to
  6. Leviticus 25:28 Lit go out
  7. Leviticus 25:30 Lit go out
  8. Leviticus 25:31 Lit according to
  9. Leviticus 25:31 Lit go out
  10. Leviticus 25:33 Lit is from
  11. Leviticus 25:33 Lit and
  12. Leviticus 25:33 Lit goes out
  13. Leviticus 25:35 Lit brother
  14. Leviticus 25:35 Lit hand
  15. Leviticus 25:36 Lit interest and usury
  16. Leviticus 25:36 Lit brother
  17. Leviticus 25:39 Lit brother
  18. Leviticus 25:45 Lit begotten
  19. Leviticus 25:46 Lit brothers
  20. Leviticus 25:47 Lit hand...reaches
  21. Leviticus 25:47 Lit brother
  22. Leviticus 25:49 Lit if his hand has reached and
  23. Leviticus 25:54 Or these years

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