1 At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.
1 "You must cancel your debts at the end of every seventh year.
1 “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release (remission, pardon) from debt.
2 This is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the Lord’s remission has been proclaimed.
2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD'S release.
2 This is how to cancel debt: Every creditor(a) is to cancel what he has lent his neighbor. He is not to collect anything from his neighbor or brother, because the Lord’s release of debts has been proclaimed.
2 This is the way to conduct remission: every creditor must cancel the loan that his friend borrowed, and he must not pressure his friend or brother to repay it, because remission to the LORD will be proclaimed.
3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;
3 You may collect something from a foreigner, but you must forgive whatever your brother owes you.
3 You may exact payment from a foreigner, but cancel whatever your brother owes you.
3 You may require repayment from a foreigner, but whatever of yours is with your brother [Israelite] your hand shall release.
4 Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:
4 Moreover, there will be no poor person among you, for the LORD will surely bless you in the land that he is about to give you to possess.
4 However, there will be no poor among you, since the Lord will most certainly bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess,
5 if only you listen obediently to the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today.
5 Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.
5 if only you obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow every one of these commands I am giving you today.
5 Only be certain to obey the voice of the LORD your God. Carefully observe all of these commands that I'm commanding to you today.
5 if only you will listen to and obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all these commandments which I am commanding you today.
6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.
6 When the Lord your God blesses you as He has promised you, you will lend to many nations but not borrow; you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.
6 For the LORD your God will bless you just as he promised. You are to lend to many nations but not borrow. Also, you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you."
7 “If there is (E)a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your (b)towns in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, (F)you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother;
7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
7 “If there is a poor person among you, one of your brothers within any of your gates in the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.
7 "If there should be a poor man among your relatives in one of the cities of the land that the LORD your God is about to give you, don't be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your poor relative.
8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.
8 Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has.
8 Instead, be sure to open your hand to him and lend him enough to lessen his need.
9 Beware that there is no base (c)thought in your heart, saying, ‘(H)The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,’ and (I)your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he (J)may cry to the Lord against you, and it will be a sin in you.
9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.
9 Be careful that there isn’t this wicked thought in your heart, ‘The seventh year, the year of canceling debts, is near,’ and you are stingy toward your poor brother and give him nothing. He will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty.
9 Be careful not to think this wicked thought to yourselves: "The seventh year, the year of remission, is drawing near,' and you show ill will toward your poor relative and not give to him. He may then call to the LORD on account of you, and you will be guilty of sin.
9 Beware that there is no wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release (remission, pardon), is approaching,’ and your eye is hostile (unsympathetic) toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing [since he would not have to repay you]; for he may cry out to the Lord against you, and it will become a sin for you.
10 You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because (K)for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all (d)your undertakings.
10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
10 You must certainly give to him and not feel regret for doing so. Because of this, the LORD your God will bless all your works and everything you do.
10 You shall freely and generously give to him, and your heart shall not be resentful when you give to him, because for this [generous] thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.
11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
11 Since poor people won't cease to exist in the land, therefore I'm commanding you: Be sure to be generous to your poor and needy relatives in your land."
11 For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor in your land.’
12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.
12 "When a fellow Hebrew male or female slave is sold to you and serves you for six years, then in the seventh year you are to set them free.
12 “If your fellow Israelite, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, and serves you for six years, then in the seventh year you shall set him free [from your service].
13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:
13 When you set him free, do not send him away empty-handed.
13 But when you set them free, don't send them away empty-handed.
13 When you set him free, you shall not let him go away empty-handed.
14 You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the Lord your God has blessed you.
14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.
14 Give generously to him from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress. You are to give him whatever the Lord your God has blessed you with.
14 Provide for them liberally from your flock, threshing floor, and wine vat. As the LORD your God has blessed you, so give to them.
14 You shall give him generous provisions from your flock, from your threshing floor and from your wine press; you shall give to him as the Lord your God has blessed you.
15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.
15 Don't ever forget that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, yet the LORD your God redeemed you. Therefore, I'm giving you these commands today.
15 And you shall remember and thoughtfully consider that you were [once] a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore, I am commanding you these things today.
16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;
16 But if your slave says to you, ‘I don’t want to leave you,’ because he loves you and your family, and is well off with you,
16 "Should that slave say to you, "I won't leave you,' because he loves you and your household, and it was good for him to be with you,
16 Now if the servant says to you, ‘I will not leave you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is doing well with you;
17 then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant.
17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.
17 take an awl and pierce through his ear into the door, and he will become your slave for life. Also treat your female slave the same way.
17 then take an awl and pierce through his earlobe into the door. Then he will be your slave forever. You are to do the same for your female slaves.
18 It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.
18 Don't view this as a hardship for yourself when you set him free, for he will have served you for six years twice the time of a paid worker. Then the LORD will bless you in all that you do."
18 “It shall not seem hard to you when you set him free, for he has served you six years with double the service of a hired man; so the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.
19 “(O)You shall consecrate to the Lord your God all the firstborn males that are born of your herd and of your flock; you shall not work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock.
19 All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.
19 "Set apart for the LORD your God every firstborn male among your herd and flock. You must not put the firstborn of your ox to work or shear the firstborn of your flock.
19 “You shall consecrate (set apart) to the Lord your God all the firstborn males that are born of your herd and flock. You shall not work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock.
20 Thou shalt eat it before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, thou and thy household.
20 Each year you and your family are to eat it before the Lord your God in the place the Lord chooses.
20 Then in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your household must eat them every year at the place the LORD will choose.
20 You and your household shall eat it every year before the Lord your God in the place [for worship] which the Lord chooses.
21 And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God.
21 But if there is a defect in the animal, if it is lame or blind or has any serious defect, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.
21 If it has a blemish lameness, blindness, or any kind of defect you must not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.
21 But if it has any defect or injury, such as lameness or blindness, or any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.
22 Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart.
22 Eat it within your gates; both the unclean person and the clean may eat it, as though it were a gazelle or deer.
22 In your cities both the unclean and the clean together are to eat together, as the gazelle and the deer.
22 You shall eat it within your [city] gates; the [ceremonially] unclean and the clean alike may eat it, as [if it were] a gazelle or a deer.
23 Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.
23 Only you must not eat its blood. Pour it on the ground like water."
23 Only you shall not eat its blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.
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