Lending to the Poor

35 ‘If one of your brethren becomes poor, and [a]falls into poverty among you, then you shall (A)help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. 36 (B)Take no usury or interest from him; but (C)fear your God, that your brother may live with you. 37 You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit. 38 (D)I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

The Law Concerning Slavery

39 ‘And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave. 40 As a hired servant and a sojourner he shall be with you, and shall serve you until the Year of Jubilee. 41 And then he shall depart from you—he and his children (E)with him—and shall return to his own family. He shall return to the possession of his fathers. 42 For they are (F)My servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves. 43 (G)You shall not rule over him (H)with [b]rigor, but you (I)shall fear your God.

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  1. Leviticus 25:35 Lit. his hand fails
  2. Leviticus 25:43 severity

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