At the end of everysevenyearsthou shalt makea release.And this isthe mannerof the release: Every creditorthat lendethoughtunto his neighbourshall releaseit; he shall not exactitof his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is calledthe Lord'srelease. a
Of a foreignerthou mayest exactit again: but thatwhich is thine with thy brotherthine handshall release;Savewhen there shall be no pooramong you; for the Lordshall greatlyblessthee in the landwhich the Lordthy Godgiveth thee foran inheritanceto possess it: b
bSave…: or, To the end that there be no poor among you
Only if thou carefullyhearkenunto the voiceof the Lordthy God, to observeto doall these commandmentswhich I commandthee this day.For the Lordthy Godblesseththee, as he promisedthee: and thou shalt lendunto manynations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reignover manynations, but they shall not reign over thee.If there be among you a poor manof oneof thy brethrenwithin anyof thy gatesin thy landwhich the Lordthy Godgiveththee, thou shalt not hardenthine heart, nor shutthine handfrom thy poorbrother:But thou shalt openthine handwideunto him, and shalt surelylendhim sufficientfor his need, in thatwhich he wanteth.Bewarethat there be not a thoughtin thy wickedheart, saying, The seventhyear, the yearof release, is at hand; and thine eyebe evilagainst thy poorbrother, and thou givesthim nought; and he cryunto the Lordagainst thee, and it be sin unto thee. c
Thou shalt surelygivehim, and thine heartshall not be grievedwhen thou givestunto him: becausethat for this thingthe Lordthy Godshall blessthee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttestthine hand unto.For the poorshall never ceaseout ofthe land: therefore I commandthee, saying, Thou shalt openthine handwideunto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.Andif thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be soldunto thee, and servethee sixyears; then in the seventhyearthou shalt let him gofree from thee.And when thou sendesthim out freefrom thee, thou shalt not let him go awayempty:Thou shalt furnishhim liberallyout of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of thatwherewith the Lordthy Godhath blessedthee thou shalt give unto him.And thou shalt rememberthat thou wast a bondmanin the landof Egypt, and the Lordthy Godredeemedthee: therefore I commandthee this thingto day.And it shall be, if he sayunto thee, I will not go awayfrom thee; because he loveththee and thine house, because he is well with thee;Then thou shalt takean aul, and thrustitthrough his earunto the door, and he shall be thy servantfor ever. And also unto thy maidservantthou shalt do likewise.It shall not seem hardunto thee, when thou sendest him awayfreefrom thee; for he hath been wortha doublehired servantto thee, in servingthee sixyears: and the Lordthy Godshall blessthee in all that thou doest.All the firstlingmalesthat comeof thy herdand of thy flockthou shalt sanctifyunto the Lordthy God: thou shalt do no workwith the firstlingof thy bullock, nor shearthe firstlingof thy sheep.Thou shalt eatitbeforethe Lordthy Godyearby yearin the placewhich the Lordshall choose, thou and thy household.And if there be anyblemish therein, as if it belame, or blind, or haveany illblemish, thou shalt not sacrificeit unto the Lordthy God.Thou shalt eatit within thy gates: the uncleanand the cleanperson shall eat italike, as the roebuck, and as the hart.Only thou shalt not eatthe bloodthereof; thou shalt pourit upon the groundas water.