4 but in the seventhXX year there shall beXXI a Sabbath of complete restXXII for the land, a Sabbath for the Lord: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. 5 You shall not reapXXIII the aftergrowthXXIV
11 That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee for you: you shall not sow or reap the aftergrowth or harvestLXVI the unpruned vines. 12 For it is a Jubilee; it shall be holyLXVII to you: you shall eatLXVIII only what the field itself produces.LXIX
13 “In this year of Jubilee you shall return, every one of you, to your property. 14 When you makeLXX a saleLXXI to your neighborLXXII
23 The land shall not be sold in perpetuity,CXXI for the land is mine; with me you are but aliensCXXII and tenants.CXXIII 24 Throughout the land that you hold,CXXIV you shall provide for the redemptionCXXV of the land.
sufficient meansCXXXVI to do so,CXXXVII 27 the years since its sale shall be computedCXXXVIII and the differenceCXXXIX refundedCXL to the person to whom it was sold, and the property shall be returned.
28 But if there areCXLI not sufficient meansCXLII to recoverCXLIII it, what was soldCXLIV shall remainCXLV with the purchaserCXLVI until the year of Jubilee; in the Jubilee it shall be released,CXLVII and the property shall be returned.
a house that is in a walled city shall passCLIX in perpetuity to the purchaser, throughout the generations;CLX it shall not be released in the Jubilee. 31 But houses in villagesCLXI that have no walls aroundCLXII them
shall be classedCLXIII as openCLXIV country;CLXV they may be redeemed,CLXVI and they shall be released in the Jubilee. 32 As for the cities of the Levites,CLXVII the Levites shall foreverCLXVIII have the right of redemption of the houses in the cities belongingCLXIX to them.
33 Whatever property of the Levites that may be redeemed,CLXX that is, houses soldCLXXI in a city belonging to them, shall be released in the Jubilee, for the houses in the cities of the Levites are their possessionCLXXII amongCLXXIII the Israelites. 34 But the pasturelandsCLXXIV around their cities may not be sold,CLXXV for that is their possession for all time.CLXXVI
35 “If any of your kin fall into difficulty and become dependentCLXXVII on you, you shall supportCLXXVIII them; they shall liveCLXXIX with you as though residentCLXXX aliens. 36 Do not takeCLXXXI interest in advanceCLXXXII
or otherwise make a profitCLXXXIII from them, but fear your God; let them liveCLXXXIV with you. 37 You shall not lendCLXXXV them your moneyCLXXXVI at interest taken in advance or provide them foodCLXXXVII at a profit.CLXXXVIII
40 They shall remainCXCIX with you as hired or bound laborers. They shall serveCC with you until the year of the Jubilee. 41 Then they and their childrenCCI with them shall go outCCII from your authority; they shall go backCCIII to their own family and return to their ancestralCCIV property.
42 For they are my servantsCCV whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be soldCCVI as slaves are sold.CCVII 43 You shall not ruleCCVIII over them with harshnessCCIX but shall fear your God.
44 As for the male and female slaves whom you may have, it is from the nationsCCX around you that you may acquireCCXI male and female slaves. 45 You may also acquire them from among theCCXII aliensCCXIII residingCCXIV with you and from their families who are with you who have been bornCCXV in your land; they may be your property.
These you may treat as slaves,CCXX but as for your fellowCCXXI Israelites, no one shall rule over the otherCCXXII with harshness.
47 “If resident aliensCCXXIII among you prosper, and if any of your kin fall into difficulty with one of them and sellCCXXIV themselves to an alienCCXXV
may redeemCCXXXVI them, or if they prosper they may redeemCCXXXVII themselves. 50 They shall compute with the purchaser the total from the year when they soldCCXXXVIII themselves to the alien until the Jubilee year; the priceCCXXXIX of the saleCCXL shall be appliedCCXLI to the number of years: the timeCCXLII they were with the owner shall be rated as the time of a hired laborer.
52 and if fewCCXLVIII years remainCCXLIX until the Jubilee year, they shall compute thus: according toCCL the years involved they shall make paymentCCLI for their redemption. 53 As a laborer hiredCCLII by the year they shall be under the alien’s authority, who shall not, however, rule with harshness over them in your sight.CCLIII 54 And if they have not been redeemedCCLIV in any of these ways, they and their children with them shall go out in the Jubilee year. 55 For to me the Israelites are servants; they are my servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Image credit: “Sleepy Goats” by Neil McIntosh, 2012.