Reading 35/341, Leviticus 23-25.28

It is said that never in the history of Israel did anyone obey the law to not plant a crop in the seventh year or return land in the Jubilee year.

...Leviticus...

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, 'The set feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, are these, my set feasts: Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no manner of work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings. These are the set feasts of the Lord, holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their appointed season. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, is the Lord's Passover. On the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the Lord. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no regular work. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord seven days. In the seventh day is a holy convocation, you shall do no regular work.'"

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, 'When you have come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest, and he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you. On the next day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. On the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb without blemish a year old for a burnt offering to the Lord. The grain offering with it shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord for a sweet savor, and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. You shall not eat bread, nor roasted grain, nor fresh grain, until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your God. This is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. You shall count from the next day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be completed, to the next day after the seventh Sabbath you shall number fifty days, and you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring out of your habitations two loaves of bread for a wave offering made of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour. They shall be baked with yeast, for first fruits to the Lord. You shall present with the bread seven lambs without blemish a year old, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering, and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire, of a sweet aroma to the Lord. You shall offer one male goat for a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings. The priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. You shall make proclamation on the same day, there shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall do no regular work. This is a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap into the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest, you shall leave them for the poor, and for the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.'"

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest for you, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no regular work, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.'" The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "However on the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement, it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall afflict yourselves, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. You shall do no manner of work on that day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. For whoever it is who shall not deny himself on that day shall be cut off from his people. Whoever it is who does any manner of work in that day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no manner of work, it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall deny yourselves. In the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall keep your Sabbath.”

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say, 'On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of shelters for seven days to the Lord. On the first day shall be a holy convocation, you shall do no regular work. Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day there shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall do no regular work. These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering, and a grain offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, each on its own day; besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to the Lord. So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord seven days, on the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest. You shall take on the first day the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. You shall keep it a feast to the Lord seven days in the year, it is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall keep it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in shelters seven days. All who are native-born in Israel shall dwell in shelters, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in shelters, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.'" Moses declared to the children of Israel the appointed feasts of the Lord.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Command the children of Israel, that they bring to you pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually. Outside of the veil of the Covenant, in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall keep it in order from evening to morning before the Lord continually, it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. He shall keep in order the lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord continually. You shall take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes of it, two-tenths of an ephah shall be in one cake. You shall set them in two rows, six on a row, on the pure gold table before the Lord. You shall put pure frankincense on each row, that it may be to the bread for a memorial, an offering made by fire to the Lord. Every Sabbath day he shall set it in order before the Lord continually. It is on the behalf of the children of Israel an everlasting covenant. It shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place, for it is Most Holy to him of the offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual statute.”

The son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel, and the son of the Israelite woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name, and cursed, and they brought him to Moses. His mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. They put him in custody, until the will of the Lord should be declared to them. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Bring out of the camp him who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him. You shall speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin. He who blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him, the foreigner as well as the native-born, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death. He who strikes any man mortally shall surely be put to death. He who strikes an animal mortally shall make it good, life for life. If anyone injures his neighbor; as he has done, so shall it be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he has injured someone, so shall it be done to him. He who kills an animal shall make it good, and he who kills a man shall be put to death. You shall have one kind of law, for the foreigner as well as the native-born, for I am the Lord your God.’” Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and they brought forth him who had cursed out of the camp, and stoned him with stones. The children of Israel did as the Lord commanded Moses.

The Lord said to Moses in Mount Sinai, "Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, 'When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a Sabbath to the Lord. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. What grows of itself in your harvest you shall not reap, and the grapes of your undressed vine you shall not gather. It shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. The Sabbath of the land shall be food for you; for yourself, for your servant, for your maid, for your hired servant, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner with you. For your livestock also, and for the animals that are in your land, shall all the increase of it be for food. You shall count off seven Sabbaths of years, seven times seven years, and there shall be to you the days of seven Sabbaths of years, forty-nine years. Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. You shall make the fiftieth year holy, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee to you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee to you. In it you shall not sow, nor reap what grows of itself, nor gather from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat of the produce of the field.

In this Year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his property. If you sell anything to your neighbor, or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another. According to the number of years after the Jubilee you shall buy from your neighbor. According to the number of years of the crops he shall sell to you. According to the length of the years you shall increase the price of it, and according to the shortness of the years you shall diminish the price of it; for he is selling the number of the crops to you. You shall not wrong one another; but you shall fear your God, for I am the Lord your God. Therefore you shall do my statutes, and keep my ordinances and do them, and you shall dwell in the land in safety. The land shall yield its fruit, and you shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. If you said, "What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our produce" then I will command my blessing on you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for the three years. You shall sow the eighth year, and eat of the fruits, the old store; until the ninth year, until its fruits come in, you shall eat the old store. The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and live as foreigners with me. In all the land of your possession you shall grant a redemption for the land. If your brother becomes poor, and sells some of his possessions, then his kinsman who is next to him shall come, and redeem what his brother has sold. If a man has no one to redeem it, and he becomes prosperous and finds sufficient means to redeem it; then let him reckon the years since the sale of it, and restore the surplus to the man to whom he sold it, and he shall return to his property. But if he is not able to get it back for himself, then what he has sold shall remain in the hand of him who has bought it until the Year of Jubilee, and in the Jubilee it shall be released, and he shall return to his property.

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