39 “‘If a member of your people has become poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him do the work of a slave.
40 Rather, you are to treat him like an employee or a tenant; he will work for you until the year of yovel.
41 Then he will leave you, he and his children with him, and return to his own family and regain possession of his ancestral land.
42 For they are my slaves, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; therefore they are not to be sold as slaves.
43 Do not treat him harshly, but fear your God.
44 “‘Concerning the men and women you may have as slaves: you are to buy men- and women-slaves from the nations surrounding you.
45 You may also buy the children of foreigners living with you and members of their families born in your land; you may own these.
46 You may also bequeath them to your children to own; from these groups you may take your slaves forever. But as far as your brothers the people of Isra’el are concerned, you are not to treat each other harshly.
47 “‘If a foreigner living with you has grown rich, and a member of your people has become poor and sells himself to this foreigner living with you or to a member of the foreigner’s family,
48 he may be redeemed after he has been sold. One of his brothers may redeem him;
49 or his uncle or his uncle’s son may redeem him; or any near relative of his may redeem him; or, if he becomes rich, he may redeem himself.
50 He will calculate with the person who bought him the time from the year he sold himself to him to the year of yovel; and the amount to be paid will be according to the number of years and his time at an employee’s wage.
51 If many years remain, according to them will he refund the amount for his redemption from the amount he was bought for.
52 If there remain only a few years until the year of yovel, then he will calculate with him; according to his years will he refund the amount for his redemption.
53 He will be like a worker hired year by year. You will see to it that he is not treated harshly.
54 “‘If he has not been redeemed by any of these procedures, nevertheless he will go free in the year of yovel — he and his children with him.
55 For to me the people of Isra’el are slaves; they are my slaves whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; I am Adonai your God.
1 “‘You are not to make yourselves any idols, erect a carved statue or a standing-stone, or place any carved stone anywhere in your land in order to bow down to it. I am Adonai your God.
2 “‘Keep my Shabbats, and revere my sanctuary; I am Adonai.
3 “‘If you live by my regulations, observe my mitzvot and obey them;
4 then I will provide the rain you need in its season, the land will yield its produce, and the trees in the field will yield their fruit.
5 Your threshing time will extend until the grape harvest, and your grape harvesting will extend until the time for sowing seed. You will eat as much food as you want and live securely in your land.
6 “‘I will give shalom in the land — you will lie down to sleep unafraid of anyone. I will rid the land of wild animals. The sword will not go through your land.
7 You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall before your sword.
8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand — your enemies will fall before your sword.
9 “‘I will turn toward you, make you productive, increase your numbers and uphold my covenant with you.