Friday, December 15

Leviticus 25-27

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 25[1-7] Yahweh said to Moses in Mount Sinai, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land will keep a Seventh Day to Yahweh. Six years you’ll plant your field, and six years you’ll work your garden, and gather what grows; but in the seventh year there will be a Seventh Day of peaceful rest for the land, a Seventh Day to Yahweh. Don’t plant your field or work your garden. Don’t gather what grows by itself in your harvest, or the grapes of your untrimmed vine. It will be a year of peaceful rest for the land. The Seventh Day of the land will be for food for you; for yourself, your male and female workers, your paid workers, and for strangers, who live as foreigners with you. Everything that grows will be for food for your animals and for the animals that are in your land.

     [8-12] Count off seven Seventh Days of years, seven times seven years; and there will be to you the days of seven Seventh Days of years, which is forty-nine years. Then you’ll sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Covering Sin you’ll sound the trumpet throughout all your land. You’ll make the fiftieth year holy, and announce freedom throughout the land to all its people. It will be a jubilee to you; and each of you will go back to your own land, and to your own family. That fiftieth year will be a jubilee to you. Don’t plant, nor gather what grows by itself, nor gather from the untrimmed vines in it. It’s a jubilee, so it will be holy to you. You’ll eat what grows out of the field.

     [13-17] In this Year of Jubilee each of you will go back to your own land. If you sell anything to others, or buy from others, don’t wrong one another. You’ll buy from others counting from the number of years after the Jubilee. A person will sell to you counting the number of years of the crops. By the number of years you’ll make the price more, or less, because they’re selling the number of crops to you. Don’t wrong one another; but fear the judgment of your God because I am Yahweh your God.

     [18-22] So you’ll keep My laws and rules and do them; and you’ll live in the land in safety. The land will give its food, and you’ll eat your fill, and live in safety. If you say, “What will we eat the seventh year? Look, we won’t plant, nor gather in what grows;” then I’ll send My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will make enough food for the three years. You’ll plant the eighth year, and eat its crops, and the old store; you’ll eat the old store until the ninth year, until its crops come in.

     [23-28] The land won’t be sold forever, for the land is mine; and you are strangers and live as foreigners with Me. In all the land that you own you’ll allow the land to be bought back. If your family member becomes poor, and sells what’s owned, then the next nearest kin will come and buy back whatever has been sold. If someone has no one to buy it back, and becomes wealthy and has enough to buy it back; then let them count the years since the sale of it, and give back what’s left over to the one to whom it was sold; and you’ll go back to your land. But if they aren’t able to get it back for themselves, then what they have sold will stay with whoever bought it until the Year of Jubilee: and in the Jubilee it will be given up, and you’ll go back to your land.

     [29-31] If someone sells a house in a walled city, then you may buy back it within a whole year after it has been sold. For a full year you’ll have the right to buy it back. If it’s not bought back within the space of a full year, then a house that’s in a walled city will be made sure forever to whoever bought it, throughout your generations. It won’t be given up in the Jubilee. But the houses of the villages which have no wall around them will be counted with the fields of the country. They may be bought back, and they’ll be given up in the Jubilee.

     [32-34] But the cities of the Levites, the houses they own in the cities, the Levites may buy back at any time. The Levites may buy back the house they owned that was sold, and the city they owned, and it will be given up in the Jubilee; for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their own among the people of Israel. But the fields of the open land of their cities won’t be sold; for it’s their own forever.

     [35-43] “’If your family member has become poor, and you can’t help them keep their home; then you’ll help them as you would a stranger or a foreigner and they’ll live with you. Take no interest from them or profit, but fear the judgment of your God; that your family member may live among you. Don’t lend them your money at interest, nor give them your food for profit. I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God. If your family member has grown poor among you, and sells themselves to you; Don’t make them work as a servant. They’ll be as a paid worker, and as a foreigner with you; They’ll serve with you until the Year of Jubilee and then go out from you, they and their children with them, and will go back to their own family, and to their own land. For they’re My workers, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt. They won’t be sold as servants. Don’t rule over them with cruelty, but fear the judgment of your God.

     [44-46] As for your male and female servants, whom you may have; you may buy male and female servants of the nations that are around you. You may also buy the children of strangers who live among you and of their families who are with you, which they’ve had in your land; and they’ll be yours. You may make them an inheritance for your children after you, for their own; you may take them as your servants forever, but don’t rule over your own people, the people of Israel, with cruelty.

     [47-] If a stranger or foreigner who lives with you becomes rich, and your family member beside them becomes poor, and sells themselves to the stranger or foreigner living among you, or to a member of the stranger’s family; they may be bought back after they’re sold. One of your family members may buy them back; or anyone who’s a close relative to them of their family may buy them back; or if they have grown rich, they may buy themselves back. Count with whoever bought them from the year that they sold themselves to them to the Year of Jubilee: and the sale price will be by the number of years; by the time of a paid worker they’ll be with them.

     [51-55] If there are still many years left, they’ll give back the sale price out of the money that they were bought for. If there’s only a few years to the year of jubilee, then you’ll count them; by the years of work they’ll give back the sale price. As a paid worker hired year by year they’ll be with them: Don’t let them be too hard on them. If they aren’t bought back by these means, then they’ll be given up in the Year of Jubilee, they, and their children with them. The people of Israel are workers to Me; they’re My workers whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.

     26[1-13] You’ll make no false gods for yourselves, nor will you raise up a false god or a carved pillar, nor will you place any carved stone in your land, to worship it because I am Yahweh your God. You’ll keep My Seventh Days, and have respect for My place of worship. I am Yahweh. If you keep My laws, and My rules, and do them; then I’ll give you your rains in season, and the land will grow its food, and the trees of the field will grow their fruit. Your harvesting will reach to the time of grapes, and the time of grapes will reach to the planting time; and you’ll eat your bread to the full, and live in your land safely. I’ll give peace in the land, and you’ll lie down, and no one will make you afraid; and I’ll take evil animals out of the land, nor will war go through your land. You’ll chase your enemies, and they’ll fall before you in war. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand; and your enemies will fall before you in war. I’ll have respect for you, and make you have many children, and will keep My promise with you. You’ll eat old store long kept, and you’ll move out the old because of the new. I’ll set My Place of Worship among you: and My soul won’t hate you. I’ll be with you, and be your God, and you’ll be My people. I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their servants; and I’ve made your heavy loads to fall, and made you stand up straight.

     [14-21] But if you don’t listen to Me, and won’t do all these Laws; and if you reject My laws, and your soul hates My rules, so that you don’t do them, and break My promise; I will do this to you also: I’ll put fear in your hearts, and disease and fever will take the spark out of your eyes, and make you die in sorrow; and you’ll plant your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it. I’ll turn against you, and you’ll be hurt by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you; and you’ll run when no one is chasing you. If in spite of these things you still won’t listen to Me, then I’ll punish you seven times more for your sins. I’ll break the pride of your strength, and I’ll make your sky glow like hot iron, and your soil hard like brass; and your strength will be spent uselessly; for your land won’t grow its food, nor will the trees of the land make their fruit. If you go against Me, and won’t listen to Me, then I’ll bring seven times more problems on you by your sins.

     [22-28] I’ll send the wild animals among you, which will rob you of your children, destroy your animals, and make you few in number; and your roads will become empty. If by these things you won’t learn from Me, but still go against Me; then I’ll go against you, too; and I’ll hurt you seven more times for your sins. I’ll bring war on you, that will punish you for breaking the promise; and you’ll be gathered together in your cities: and I’ll send disease among you; and you’ll be brought into the power of the enemy. When I destroy your supply of food, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they’ll bring your bread again by weight: and you’ll eat, and still be hungry. If in spite of this, you still won’t listen to Me, but go against Me, then I’ll go against to you in great anger; and I’ll also punish you seven more times for your sins.

     [29-35] You’ll eat the bodies of your own sons and daughters. I’ll destroy your places of worship, and your incense altars, and throw your dead bodies on top of your lifeless false gods; and My soul will hate you. I’ll destroy your cities, and bring your places of worship to ruin, and I won’t be happy with the good smell of your offerings. I’ll bring the land into ruin; and your enemies that live in it will be in horror of it. I’ll scatter you among the nations, and I’ll bring war on you: and your land will be a ruin, and your cities will be a waste. Then the land will enjoy its Seventh Days as long as it’s deserted and you are in your enemies’ land. Even then the land will rest and enjoy its Seventh Days. As long as it’s deserted it will have rest, even the rest which it didn’t have in your Seventh Days, when you lived on it.

     [36-39] As for those who are left, I’ll send fear into your hearts in the lands of your enemies: and the sound of a falling leaf will chase you; and you’ll run as running from war; and you’ll fall when no one is chasing you. You’ll trip over one another, as if it were a war, when no one is chasing you: and you’ll have no power to stand up to your enemies. You’ll die among the nations, and in the land of your enemies.  Those who are left will die in sorrow from your faults and your parents’ faults in your enemies’ lands.

     [40-46] If they admit their fault, and their parents’ faults, in which they sinned against Me, and also that they went against Me, and that I also went against them, and brought them into the land of their enemies: if then their unfit heart is humbled, and they then accept the punishment of their sin; then I’ll remember My promise with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I’ll remember the land. The land also will be left by them, and will enjoy its Seventh Days while it lies deserted without them: and they’ll accept the punishment of their sin; because they rejected My rules, and their soul hated My laws. Yet for all that, when they’re in the land of their enemies, I won’t stay away from them, nor will I hate them, or destroy them completely. I won’t break My promise with them because I am Yahweh their God; but for their sake I’ll remember the promise of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am Yahweh.’” These are the judgments, rules and laws, which Yahweh made with the people of Israel in Mount Sinai by Moses.

     27[1-8] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘When someone makes a promise, the persons will be for Yahweh by what you say they’re worth. What a male from twenty to sixty years old is worth, will be fifty silver dollars, after the dollar of the place of worship. If it’s a female, then her worth will be thirty dollars. If the person is from five to twenty years old, then their worth will be for a male twenty dollars, and for a female ten dollars. If the person is from a month old to five years old, then their worth will be for a male five silver dollars, and for a female their worth will be three silver dollars. If the person is from sixty years old up; if it’s a male, then their worth will be fifteen dollars, and for a female ten dollars. But if they’re poorer than they’re worth, then they’ll be set before the priest, and the priest will set their worth. By the ability of whoever made the promise, the priest will set their worth.

     [9-13] “’If it’s an animal that is brought for an offering to Yahweh, all that anyone gives of such to Yahweh becomes holy. Don’t switch it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if you change animal for animal at all, then both it and that for which it’s changed will be holy. If it’s any unfit animal, of which they don’t give as an offering to Yahweh, then you’ll set the animal before the priest; and the priest will set it’s worth, whether it’s good or bad. As the priest sets its worth, so will it be. But if you want to buy it back, then you’ll add a fifth of what it’s worth.

     [14-15] When someone dedicates a house to be holy to Yahweh, then the priest will decide what it’s worth, whether it’s good or bad: as the priest decides what it’s worth, so will it stand. If whoever dedicates it wants to buy it back, then you’ll add a fifth of the money of its worth to it, and it will be theirs.

     [16-25] If someone dedicates to Yahweh part of the field they own, then its worth will be by the seed that’s planted in it: the planting of 80 gallons of barley will be valued at fifty silver dollars. If they dedicate a field from the Year of Jubilee, by its worth it will stand. But if they dedicate a field after the Jubilee, then the priest will count to them the money by the years that are left to the Year of Jubilee; and it will be taken from it’s worth. If whoever dedicated the field wants to buy it back, then a fifth of the money of its worth will be added to it, and it will be theirs. If they don’t buy back the field, or if they’ve sold the field to someone else, it won’t be bought back again; but the field, when it goes out in the Jubilee, will be holy to Yahweh, as a field dedicated; it will be owned by the priests. If they dedicate to Yahweh a field which they’ve bought, which is not what was already owned, then the priest will count to them its worth up to the Year of Jubilee; and they’ll give its worth on that day, as a holy thing to Yahweh. In the Year of Jubilee the field will go back to the one from whom it was bought, to the one to whom the land belongs. Their worth will be by the dollar of the place of worship: twenty nickels to the dollar.

     [26-29] No one may dedicate the firstborn among animals, which is offered as a firstborn to Yahweh, whether a bull or sheep, because it’s already Yahweh’s. If it’s an unfit animal, then they’ll buy it back by its worth, and will add a fifth to it: or if it isn’t bought back, then it will be sold by its worth. Even so, nothing that someone dedicates to Yahweh of all that they have, whether human or animal, or of the field they own, will be sold or bought back because every dedicated thing is most holy to Yahweh. No one dedicated, who is dedicated from among human beings, will be bought back; they’ll without a doubt be put to death.

     [30-34] A tenth of all the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is Yahweh’s. It’s holy to Yahweh. If someone buy backs anything they give, they’ll add five percent to it. A tenth of all the herds or the flocks, whatever passes under the counting rod, will be holy to Yahweh. Don’t look at whether it’s good or bad, nor will you change it: and if you change it at all, then both it and that for which it’s changed will be holy. It won’t be bought back.’” These are the Laws which Yahweh told Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.

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