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Vayikra/Leviticus  25:1 - 26:2

Chapter 25

1 Hashem spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying:  2 Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them - When you come into the land that I give you, the land shall observe a Sabbath rest for Hashem.  3 For six years you may sow your field and for six years you may prune your vineyard; and you may gather in its crop.  4 But the seventh year shall be a complete rest for the land, a Sabbath for Hashem; your field you shall not sow and your vineyard you shall not prune.  5 The aftergrowth of your harvest you shall not reap and the grapes you had set aside for yourself you shall not pick; it shall be a year of rest for the land.  6 The Sabbath produce of the land shall be yours to eat, for you, for your slave, and for your maidservant; and for your laborer and for your resident who dwell with you.  7 And for your animal and for the beast that is in your land shall all its crop be to eat.

8 You shall count for yourself seven cycles of sabbatical years, seven years seven times; the years of the seven cycles of sabbatical years shall be for you forty-nine years.  9 You shall sound a broken blast on the shofar, in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month; on the Day of Atonement you shall sound the shofar throughout your land.  10 You shall sanctify the fiftieth year and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all its inhabitants; it shall be the Jubilee Year for you, each of you shall return to his ancestral heritage and each of you shall return to his family.  11 It shall be a Jubilee Year for you — this fiftieth year — you shall not sow, you shall not harvest its aftergrowth and you shall not pick what was set aside of it for yourself.  12 For it is a Jubilee Year, it shall be holy to you; from the field you may eat its crop.  13 In this Jubilee Year each of you shall return to his ancestral heritage.

14 When you make a sale to your fellow or make a purchase from the hand of your fellow, do not aggrieve one another.  15 According to the number of years after the Jubilee Year shall you buy from your fellow; according to the number of crop-years shall he sell to you.  16 According to the greater number of years shall you increase its price, and according to the lesser number of years shall you decrease its price; for he is selling you the number of crops.

17 Each of you shall not aggrieve his fellow, and you shall fear your God; for I am Hashem, your God.

18 You shall perform My decrees, and observe My ordinances and perform them; then you shall dwell securely on the land.

19 The land will give its fruit and you will eat your fill; you will dwell securely upon it.  20 If you will say - What will we eat in the seventh year? — behold! we will not sow and not gather in our crops.  21 I will ordain My blessing for you in the sixth year and it will yield a crop sufficient for the three-year period.  22 ou will sow in the eighth year, but you will eat from the old crop; until the ninth year, until the arrival of its crop, you will eat the old.

23 The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is Mine; for you are sojourners and residents with Me.  24 In the entire land of your ancestral heritage you shall provide redemption for the land.  25 If your brother becomes impoverished and sells part of his ancestral heritage, his redeemer who is closest to him shall come and redeem his brother's sale.  26 If a man will have no redeemer, but his means suffice and he acquires enough for its redemption;  27 hen he shall reckon the years of his sale and return the remainder to the man to whom he had sold it; and he shall return to his ancestral heritage.  28 But if he does not acquire sufficient means to repay him, then his sale shall remain in possession of its purchaser until the Jubilee Year; in the Jubilee Year, it shall leave and return to his ancestral heritage.

29 If a man shall sell a residence house in a walled city, its redemption can take place until the end of the year of its sale; its period of redemption shall be a year.  30 But if it is not redeemed until its full year has elapsed, then the home that is in a city that has a wall shall pass in perpetuity to the one who purchased it, for his generations; it shall not go out in the Jubilee Year.  31 But homes in the open towns, which have no surrounding wall, shall be considered like the land's open field; it shall have redemption, and shall go out in the Jubilee Year.  32 As for the cities of the Levites, the homes in the cities of their ancestral heritage, the Levites shall have an eternal right of redemption.  33 And what one will buy from the Levites — a home that has been sold or the city of its ancestral heritage — shall go out in the Jubilee year; for the homes of the Levite cities, that is their ancestral heritage among the Children of Israel.  34 But the fields of the open land of their cities may not be sold; for it is an eternal heritage for them.

35 If your brother becomes impoverished and his means falter in your proximity, you shall strengthen him — proselyte or resident — so that he can live with you.  36 Do not take from him interest and increase; and you shall fear your God — and let your brother live with you.  37 Do not give him your money for interest, and do not give your food for increase.  38 I am Hashem, your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be God unto you.

39 If your brother becomes impoverished with you and is sold to you; you shall not work him with slave labor.  40 Like a laborer or a resident shall he be with you; until the Jubilee Year shall he work with you.  41 Then he shall leave you, he and his children with him; he shall return to his family, and to his ancestral heritage shall he return.  42 For they are My servants, whom I have taken out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold in the manner of a slave.  43 You shall not subjugate him through hard labor — you shall fear your God.

44 Your slave or your maidservant whom you may own, from the gentiles who surround you, from among them you may purchase a slave or a maidservant.  45 Also from among the children of the residents who live with you, from them you may purchase, from their family that is with you, whom they begot in your land; and they shall remain yours as an ancestral heritage.  46 You shall hold them as a heritage for your children after you to inherit as a possession, you shall work with them forever; but with your brethren, the Children of Israel — a man with his brother — you shall not subjugate him through hard labor.

47 If the means of a sojourner who resides with you shall become sufficient, and your brother becomes impoverished with him, and he is sold to an alien who resides with you, or to an idol of a sojourner's family;  48 after he has been sold, he shall have a redemption; one of his brothers shall redeem him;  49 or his uncle, or his cousin shall redeem him, or a relative from his family shall redeem him; or if his own means become sufficient, he shall be redeemed.  50 He shall make a reckoning with his purchaser from the year he was sold to him until the Jubilee Year; the money of his purchase shall be divided by the number of years, he shall be regarded with him like the years of a laborer.  51 If there are yet many years, he shall repay his redemption accordingly from the money of his purchase.  52 And if there are few years left until the Jubilee Year, he shall reckon that with him; according to his years shall he repay his redemption.  53 He shall be with him like a laborer hired by the year; he shall not subjugate him through hard labor in your sight.

54 If he has not been redeemed by these means, then he shall go out in the Jubilee Year, he and his children with him.

55 For the Children of Israel are servants to Me, they are My servants, whom I have taken out of the land of Egypt — I am Hashem, your God.

Chapter 26

1 You shall not make idols for yourselves, and you shall not erect for yourselves a statue or a pillar, and in your land you shall not emplace a flooring stone upon which to prostrate oneself — for I am Hashem, your God.  2 My Sabbaths shall you observe and My Sanctuary shall you revere — I am Hashem.

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