Bible: Lev. 25:25-46
25:25 “‘If your brother becomes impoverished and sells some of his property, his near redeemer is to come to you and redeem what his brother sold. 1 25:26 If a man has no redeemer, but he prospers 2 and gains enough for its redemption, 3 25:27 he is to calculate the value of the years it was sold, 4 refund the balance 5 to the man to whom he had sold it, and return to his property. 25:28 If he has not prospered enough to refund 6 a balance to him, then what he sold 7 will belong to 8 the one who bought it until the jubilee year, but it must revert 9 in the jubilee and the original owner 10 may return to his property.
Release of Houses
25:29 “‘If a man sells a residential house in a walled city, 11 its right of redemption must extend 12 until one full year from its sale; 13 its right of redemption must extend to a full calendar year. 14 25:30 If it is not redeemed before the full calendar year is ended, 15 the house in the walled city 16 will belong without reclaim 17 to the one who bought it throughout his generations; it will not revert in the jubilee. 25:31 The houses of villages, however, 18 which have no wall surrounding them 19 must be considered as the field 20 of the land; they will have the right of redemption and must revert in the jubilee. 25:32 As for 21 the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities which they possess, 22 the Levites must have a perpetual right of redemption. 25:33 Whatever someone among the Levites might redeem – the sale of a house which is his property in a city – must revert in the jubilee, 23 because the houses of the cities of the Levites are their property in the midst of the Israelites. 25:34 Moreover, 24 the open field areas of their cities 25 must not be sold, because that is their perpetual possession.
Debt and Slave Regulations
25:35 “‘If your brother 26 becomes impoverished and is indebted to you, 27 you must support 28 him; he must live 29 with you like a foreign resident. 30 25:36 Do not take interest or profit from him, 31 but you must fear your God and your brother must live 32 with you. 25:37 You must not lend him your money at interest and you must not sell him food for profit. 33 25:38 I am the
25:39 “‘If your brother becomes impoverished with regard to you so that he sells himself to you, you must not subject him to slave service. 35 25:40 He must be with you as a hired worker, as a resident foreigner; 36 he must serve with you until the year of jubilee, 25:41 but then 37 he may go free, 38 he and his children with him, and may return to his family and to the property of his ancestors. 39 25:42 Since they are my servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt, they must not be sold in a slave sale. 40 25:43 You must not rule over him harshly, 41 but you must fear your God.
25:44 “‘As for your male and female slaves 42 who may belong to you – you may buy male and female slaves from the nations all around you. 43 25:45 Also you may buy slaves 44 from the children of the foreigners who reside with you, and from their families that are 45 with you, whom they have fathered in your land, they may become your property. 25:46 You may give them as inheritance to your children after you to possess as property. You may enslave them perpetually. However, as for your brothers the Israelites, no man may rule over his brother harshly. 46