13 (A)You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. (B)The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.

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Of Poor Countrymen

35 (A)Now in case a [a]countryman of yours becomes poor and his [b]means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. 36 (B)Do not take [c]usurious interest from him, but revere your God, that your [d]countryman may live with you. 37 You shall not give him your silver at interest, nor your food for gain. 38 (C)I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and (D)to be your God.

39 (E)If a [e]countryman of yours becomes so poor with regard to you that he sells himself to you, you shall not subject him to a slave’s service. 40 He shall be with you as a hired man, as (F)if he were a sojourner; he shall serve with you until the year of jubilee. 41 He shall then go out from you, he and his sons with him, and shall go back to his family, that he may return to the property of his forefathers. 42 For they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt; they are not to be sold in a slave sale. 43 (G)You shall not rule over him with severity, but are to revere your God.

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 25:35 Lit brother
  2. Leviticus 25:35 Lit hand
  3. Leviticus 25:36 Lit interest and usury
  4. Leviticus 25:36 Lit brother
  5. Leviticus 25:39 Lit brother

“If there is (A)a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your [a]towns in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, (B)you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but (C)you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. Beware that there is no base [b]thought in your heart, saying, ‘(D)The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,’ and (E)your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he (F)may cry to the Lord against you, and it will be a sin in you. 10 You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because (G)for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all [c]your undertakings. 11 (H)For the poor will never cease to be [d]in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.’

12 (I)If your [e]kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him [f]free. 13 When you set him [g]free, you shall not send him away empty-handed. 14 You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the Lord your God has blessed you. 15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I command you [h]this today. 16 It shall come about (J)if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you; 17 then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant.

18 “It shall not seem hard to you when you set him [i]free, for he has given you six years with [j]double the service of a hired man; so the Lord your God will bless you in whatever you do.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 15:7 Lit gates
  2. Deuteronomy 15:9 Lit word
  3. Deuteronomy 15:10 Lit the putting forth of your hand
  4. Deuteronomy 15:11 Lit in the midst of
  5. Deuteronomy 15:12 Lit brother
  6. Deuteronomy 15:12 Lit free from you
  7. Deuteronomy 15:13 Lit free from you
  8. Deuteronomy 15:15 Lit this thing
  9. Deuteronomy 15:18 Lit free from you
  10. Deuteronomy 15:18 Lit double the amount

31 He (A)who oppresses the poor taunts (B)his Maker,
But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

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“Yet You Have Not Returned to Me”

Hear this word, you cows of (A)Bashan who are on the (B)mountain of Samaria,
Who (C)oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
Who say to [a]your husbands, “Bring now, that we may (D)drink!”

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 4:1 Lit their lords

18 For the Scripture says, “(A)You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “(B)The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

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