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Deuteronomy 15

The seventh year a year of release for the poor.

Deuteronomy 15:1 At the terme of seuen yeres, thou shalt make a freedome. Deuteronomy 15:2 And this is the maner of the freedome: Who so euer lendeth ought with his hande vnto his neighbour, may not aske agayne (that which he hath lent) of his neighbour or of his brother, because it is called the Lordes free yere: Deuteronomy 15:3 Yet of a straunger thou mayst call it home agayne: but he that is thy brother, hym shall thine hande remit. Deuteronomy 15:4 Neuerthelesse, there shalbe no begger among you: for the Lorde shall blesse thee in the lande which the Lorde thy God geueth thee for an inheritaunce: Deuteronomy 15:5 So that thou hearken vnto the voyce of the Lord thy God, to obserue and do all these commaundementes which I commaunde thee this day: Deuteronomy 15:6 For the Lorde thy God hath blessed thee, as he hath promised thee, and thou shalt lende vnto many nations, but thou thy selfe shalt not borowe: And thou shalt raigne ouer many nations, and they shall not raigne ouer thee.

It must be no let of lending or giving.

Deuteronomy 15:7 If one of thy brethren among you be poore within any of thy gates in thy lande which the Lorde thy God geueth thee: thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut to thine hande from thy poore brother: Deuteronomy 15:8 But thou shalt open thine hande vnto hym, and lende hym sufficient for his neede which he hath. Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a wicked thought in thine heart, that thou wouldest say, the seuenth yere, the yere of freedome is at hande: and therfore it greeueth thee to loke on thy poore brother, and geuest hym naught, and he then crye vnto the Lorde agaynst thee, and it be sinne vnto thee: Deuteronomy 15:10 Thou shalt geue hym, and let it not greeue thine heart to geue vnto hym: Because that for this thyng the Lorde thy God shall blesse thee in all thy workes, and in all that thou puttest thine hande to. Deuteronomy 15:11 The lande shall neuer be without poore: and therfore I comaunde thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hande vnto thy brother that is needy & poore in thy lande.

An Hebrew servant,

Deuteronomy 15:12 If thy brother an Hebrue sell hym selfe to thee, or an Hebrue woman, and serue thee sixe yeres, in the seuenth yere thou shalt let hym go free from thee. Deuteronomy 15:13 And when thou sendest hym out free from thee, thou shalt not let hym go away emptie: Deuteronomy 15:14 But shalt geue hym of thy sheepe, of thy corne, and of thy wine, and geue hym of that wherwith the Lorde thy God hath blessed thee. Deuteronomy 15:15 And remember that thou wast a seruaunt in the lande of Egypt, and the Lorde thy God deliuered thee thence: and therfore I commaunde thee this thyng to day.

except he will not depart, must in the seventh year go forth free and well furnished.

Deuteronomy 15:16 And if he say vnto thee, I wyll not go away from thee: because he loueth thee and thine house, and is well at ease with thee: Deuteronomy 15:17 Then shalt thou take an aule, & nayle his eare to the doore therwith, and let hym be thy seruaunt for euer: And vnto thy mayde seruaunt thou shalt do likewise. Deuteronomy 15:18 And let it not greeue thine eye, when thou lettest him go out free fro thee, for he hath ben worth a double hired seruaunt to thee in his seruice sixe yeres: And the Lord thy God shall blesse thee in all that thou doest.

All firstling males of the cattle are to be sanctified unto the LORD.

Deuteronomy 15:19 All the first males that come of thy cattell and of thy sheepe, thou shalt halowe vnto the Lorde thy God: Thou shalt do no worke with the first borne bullocke, nor sheare the first gendred of thy sheepe. Deuteronomy 15:20 Thou shalt eate it before the Lorde thy God yere by yere, in the place which the Lorde shall choose, both thou and thy housholde. Deuteronomy 15:21 If there be any blemishe therin: as if it be lame, or blynde, or haue any other euyll fauourednesse, thou shalt not offer it vnto the Lorde thy God: Deuteronomy 15:22 But shalt eate it within thine owne gates, the vncleane and cleane person shal eate it alike, as the Roe & the Hart. Deuteronomy 15:23 Only eate not the blood therof: but powre it vpon the grounde as water.

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