Bible: Leviticus 25:27-49
Release of Houses
25:29 “‘If a man sells a residential house in a walled city, 8 its right of redemption must extend 9 until one full year from its sale; 10 its right of redemption must extend to a full calendar year. 11 25:30 If it is not redeemed before the full calendar year is ended, 12 the house in the walled city 13 will belong without reclaim 14 to the one who bought it throughout his generations; it will not revert in the jubilee. 25:31 The houses of villages, however, 15 which have no wall surrounding them 16 must be considered as the field 17 of the land; they will have the right of redemption and must revert in the jubilee. 25:32 As for 18 the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities which they possess, 19 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, 20 because the houses of the cities of the Levites are their property in the midst of the Israelites. 25:34 Moreover, 21 the open field areas of their cities 22 must not be sold, because that is their perpetual possession.
Debt and Slave Regulations
25:35 “‘If your brother 23 becomes impoverished and is indebted to you, 24 you must support 25 him; he must live 26 with you like a foreign resident. 27 25:36 Do not take interest or profit from him, 28 but you must fear your God and your brother must live 29 with you. 25:37 You must not lend him your money at interest and you must not sell him food for profit. 30 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. 32 25:40 He must be with you as a hired worker, as a resident foreigner; 33 he must serve with you until the year of jubilee, 25:41 but then 34 he may go free, 35 he and his children with him, and may return to his family and to the property of his ancestors. 36 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. 37 25:43 You must not rule over him harshly, 38 but you must fear your God.
25:44 “‘As for your male and female slaves 39 who may belong to you – you may buy male and female slaves from the nations all around you. 40 25:45 Also you may buy slaves 41 from the children of the foreigners who reside with you, and from their families that are 42 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. 43
25:47 “‘If a resident foreigner who is with you prospers 44 and your brother becomes impoverished with regard to him so that 45 he sells himself to a resident foreigner who is with you or to a member 46 of a foreigner’s family, 25:48 after he has sold himself he retains a right of redemption. 47 One of his brothers may redeem him, 25:49 or his uncle or his cousin 48 may redeem him, or anyone of the rest of his blood relatives – his family 49 – may redeem him, or if 50 he prospers he may redeem himself.