1 At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts.
2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor who has loaned anything to his
neighbor shall let it drop; he shall not exact it of his neighbor or his brother, because it has
been proclaimed the release of Jehovah.
3 Of a foreigner you may exact it; but whatever is with your brother, your hand shall let it
4 that there be no one in need among you; for Jehovah will greatly bless you in the land
which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance;
5 only if you listen to obey the voice of Jehovah your God, to take heed to do all these
commandments which I am commanding you today.
6 For Jehovah your God will bless you just as He has promised you; you shall lend to
many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall have dominion over many nations, but
they shall not rule over you.
7 If there is among you, of your brethren within any of the gates in your land which
Jehovah your God is giving you, a man who is in need, you shall not harden your heart nor
shut your hand from your needy brother,
8 but you shall open your hand, to open unto him and lend, to lend to him sufficient for
his need in whatever he is lacking.
9 Beware that there not be a thought in your wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the
year of release, approaches; and your eye be evil against your needy brother and you give
him nothing, and he cry out to Jehovah against you, and it become sin unto you.
10 You shall lend to give to him, and your heart shall not tremble to give to him; because
for this thing Jehovah your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put
11 For the needy will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, You
shall open, to open your hand unto your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your
12 If your brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you and serves you six
years, then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.
13 And when you send him away free from you, you shall not send him away empty;
14 you shall richly adorn him from your flock, from your threshing floor, and from your
winepress. From out of whatever Jehovah has blessed you, you shall give to him.
15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah your God
redeemed you; therefore I command you this thing today.
16 And if it happens that he says to you, I will not go out from you, because he loves you
and your household, since it has been good for him with you;
17 then you shall take an awl and thrust it through his ear to the door, and he shall
continue to be your servant. And to your female servant you shall do likewise.
18 It shall not be difficult in your eyes to let him go free from you; for he has served you
six years for double the wages of a hired servant. And Jehovah your God will bless you in
all that you do.
19 All the firstborn males that your herd and your flock bring forth you shall consecrate
unto Jehovah your God; you shall do no work with the firstborn of your ox, nor shear the
firstborn of your sheep.
20 You and your household shall eat it before Jehovah your God year by year in the place
which Jehovah chooses.
21 But if there is a blemish in it, if it is lame or blind or has any bad blemish, you shall not
sacrifice it unto Jehovah your God.
22 You shall eat it within your gates; the unclean and the clean alike, as a gazelle or a
23 Only you shall not eat its blood; you shall pour it on the ground like water.