Leviticus 25:1-13 New International Version

Sabbath Years and the Year of Jubilee

25 1  The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai, 2  "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lord. 3  For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4  But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5  Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. 6  Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you-for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, 7  as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.

8  " 'Count off seven sabbath years-seven times seven years-so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9  Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10  Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. 11  The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. 12  For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields. 13  " 'In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own property.


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