Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

利未记 25

安息年的条例

1耶和华在西奈山上对摩西说: “你把以下条例告诉以色列人。

“你们到了我将要赐给你们的土地后,要让土地每七年在耶和华面前休耕一年。 六年之内,你们可以耕种田地,修整葡萄园,收获出产。 但第七年是安息年,土地要休息,以尊崇耶和华。你们不可耕种,不可修整葡萄园。 不可收割自生自长的庄稼,也不可摘未经修剪而结的葡萄。这一年土地要休耕。 但安息年间土地里自生自长的,你们和你们的仆婢、雇工与住在你们中间的外族人都可以吃, 你们的牲畜和境内的野兽也可以吃。

禧年的条例

“你们要计算七个安息年,即七个七年,共四十九年。 第五十年的七月十日赎罪日那天,你们要在境内各地吹号。 10 你们要以这年为圣年,向境内所有居民宣告自由。这年将成为你们的禧年。各人要得回卖掉的祖业,卖身为奴的可以自由回家。 11 第五十年是你们的禧年。这一年你们不可耕种,不可收割自生自长的庄稼,也不可摘未经修剪而结的葡萄。 12 这是禧年,是你们的圣年,你们可以吃土地里自生自长的。 13 在禧年,各人要得回卖掉的地业。 14 因此,你们和同胞买卖田地时,不可彼此亏负。 15 买卖双方要按照距下个禧年的年数多少定价。 16 距下个禧年的年数多,价钱就高;年数少,价钱就低。因为卖的是田地收成的次数。 17 要敬畏你们的上帝,不可彼此亏负。我是你们的上帝耶和华。 18 你们要遵行我的律例,持守我的典章,就可以在那片土地上安居。 19 土地会出产丰富,使你们丰衣足食、安然居住。 20 你们可能会问,‘第七年不种不收,我们吃什么?’ 21 我要在第六年赐福给你们,使田地的出产够你们吃三年。 22 第八年开始耕种时,你们仍会吃陈粮,一直吃到第九年的收割季节。

赎回土地的条例

23 “你们不可永远卖掉土地,因为土地是我的,你们只不过是寄居在那片土地上的过客。 24 你们购买每一块土地时,都必须让原主保留赎回的权利。 25 如果有人因贫穷而卖掉土地,他的近亲要把卖掉的土地赎回来。 26 如果无人为他赎回,而他自己渐渐富裕起来,有能力赎回, 27 他要计算卖掉土地的年数,退还距下个禧年所剩年数的地价,便可以赎回自己的土地。 28 如果他没有能力赎回,所卖的土地在禧年之前要属于买主。到了禧年,买主必须把土地归还原主。

赎回房屋的条例

29 “如果有人卖掉自己城里的房子,要保留一年赎回权。卖掉房子的一年之内,他可以赎回。 30 如果一年之内他没有赎回,房子便永远归买主所有,就是到了禧年也不用归还。 31 如果房子在四围无墙的乡村,要视房子为乡下的土地,原主可以赎回;到了禧年,买主必须将房子归还。 32 在利未人的城邑里,利未人有权随时赎回所卖的房子。 33 如果他们没有赎回,到了禧年要把房子归还他们;因为在利未人的城里,利未人的房屋是他们在以色列人中所拥有的产业。 34 但不可出卖利未人城郊的草场。那是他们永远拥有的产业。

照顾同胞的条例

35 “如果你们的同胞生活日益贫穷,难以维生,你们要像照顾外族人和寄居者一样照顾他的生活,让他住在你们当中。 36 你们不可从中谋利,要敬畏上帝,让他住在你们当中。 37 你们借钱给他,不可收取利息;借粮给他,不可谋利。 38 我是你们的上帝耶和华。我曾经带领你们离开埃及,为要把迦南赐给你们,并做你们的上帝。

买卖奴隶的条例

39 “如果你们的同胞穷得把自己卖给你们,不可把他当作奴隶, 40 要待他像雇工和寄居者一样。他要为你工作到禧年。 41 到了禧年,他和孩子们便可以离开你们,回到自己的宗族和祖业。 42 因为以色列人是我的仆人,是我从埃及带出来的,所以他们不可卖身为奴。 43 你们也不可苛待他们,要敬畏你们的上帝。 44 你们可以从邻国购买奴隶, 45 也可以买居住或出生在你们境内的外族人。这些人可以作你们的产业。 46 你们可以将他们作为产业传给你们的子孙,使他们终身做奴隶。但你们不可苛待自己的同胞。

47 “如果你们中间的外族人渐渐富裕,你们同胞中却有人日益贫穷,把自己卖给外族人或他们的族人, 48 他可以保留赎身的权利。他的兄弟、 49 叔伯、堂兄弟或其他近亲都可以赎回他。如果他富裕起来,也可以赎回自己。 50 他要和买主计算从自己卖身为奴到下个禧年之间的年数,然后按雇工的工价,照年数计算赎价。 51 如果离禧年还有很多年,他就要按比例偿还大部分卖身款为自己赎身。 52 如果离禧年只有不多的几年,他就要按年数偿还卖身款为自己赎身。 53 买主要待他如按年雇佣的工人。你们要确保买主不会苛待他。 54 如果禧年来临前他没有被赎回,到了禧年他和孩子们都要获得自由。 55 因为以色列人是我的仆人,是我从埃及领出来的仆人。我是你们的上帝耶和华。

The Message

Leviticus 25

“The Land Will Observe a Sabbath to God”

11-7 God spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai: “Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them, When you enter the land which I am going to give you, the land will observe a Sabbath to God. Sow your fields, prune your vineyards, and take in your harvests for six years. But the seventh year the land will take a Sabbath of complete and total rest, a Sabbath to God; you will not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Don’t reap what grows of itself; don’t harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land gets a year of complete and total rest. But you can eat from what the land volunteers during the Sabbath year—you and your men and women servants, your hired hands, and the foreigners who live in the country, and, of course, also your livestock and the wild animals in the land can eat from it. Whatever the land volunteers of itself can be eaten.

“The Fiftieth Year Shall Be a Jubilee for You”

8-12 “Count off seven Sabbaths of years—seven times seven years: Seven Sabbaths of years adds up to forty-nine years. Then sound loud blasts on the ram’s horn on the tenth day of the seventh month, the Day of Atonement. Sound the ram’s horn all over the land. Sanctify the fiftieth year; make it a holy year. Proclaim freedom all over the land to everyone who lives in it—a Jubilee for you: Each person will go back to his family’s property and reunite with his extended family. The fiftieth year is your Jubilee year: Don’t sow; don’t reap what volunteers itself in the fields; don’t harvest the untended vines because it’s the Jubilee and a holy year for you. You’re permitted to eat from whatever volunteers itself in the fields.

13 “In this year of Jubilee everyone returns home to his family property.

14-17 “If you sell or buy property from one of your countrymen, don’t cheat him. Calculate the purchase price on the basis of the number of years since the Jubilee. He is obliged to set the sale price on the basis of the number of harvests remaining until the next Jubilee. The more years left, the more money; you can raise the price. But the fewer years left, the less money; decrease the price. What you are buying and selling in fact is the number of crops you’re going to harvest. Don’t cheat each other. Fear your God. I am God, your God.

18-22 “Keep my decrees and observe my laws and you will live secure in the land. The land will yield its fruit; you will have all you can eat and will live safe and secure. Do I hear you ask, ‘What are we going to eat in the seventh year if we don’t plant or harvest?’ I assure you, I will send such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. While you plant in the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and continue until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.

23-24 “The land cannot be sold permanently because the land is mine and you are foreigners—you’re my tenants. You must provide for the right of redemption for any of the land that you own.

25-28 “If one of your brothers becomes poor and has to sell any of his land, his nearest relative is to come and buy back what his brother sold. If a man has no one to redeem it but he later prospers and earns enough for its redemption, he is to calculate the value since he sold it and refund the balance to the man to whom he sold it; he can then go back to his own land. If he doesn’t get together enough money to repay him, what he sold remains in the possession of the buyer until the year of Jubilee. In the Jubilee it will be returned and he can go back and live on his land.

29-31 “If a man sells a house in a walled city, he retains the right to buy it back for a full year after the sale. At any time during that year he can redeem it. But if it is not redeemed before the full year has passed, it becomes the permanent possession of the buyer and his descendants. It is not returned in the Jubilee. However, houses in unwalled villages are treated the same as fields. They can be redeemed and have to be returned at the Jubilee.

32-34 “As to the Levitical cities, houses in the cities owned by the Levites are always subject to redemption. Levitical property is always redeemable if it is sold in a town that they hold and reverts to them in the Jubilee, because the houses in the towns of the Levites are their property among the People of Israel. The pastures belonging to their cities may not be sold; they are their permanent possession.

35-38 “If one of your brothers becomes indigent and cannot support himself, help him, the same as you would a foreigner or a guest so that he can continue to live in your neighborhood. Don’t gouge him with interest charges; out of reverence for your God help your brother to continue to live with you in the neighborhood. Don’t take advantage of his plight by running up big interest charges on his loans, and don’t give him food for profit. I am your God who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

39-43 “If one of your brothers becomes indigent and has to sell himself to you, don’t make him work as a slave. Treat him as a hired hand or a guest among you. He will work for you until the Jubilee, after which he and his children are set free to go back to his clan and his ancestral land. Because the People of Israel are my servants whom I brought out of Egypt, they must never be sold as slaves. Don’t tyrannize them; fear your God.

44-46 “The male and female slaves which you have are to come from the surrounding nations; you are permitted to buy slaves from them. You may also buy the children of foreign workers who are living among you temporarily and from their clans which are living among you and have been born in your land. They become your property. You may will them to your children as property and make them slaves for life. But you must not tyrannize your brother Israelites.

47-53 “If a foreigner or temporary resident among you becomes rich and one of your brothers becomes poor and sells himself to the foreigner who lives among you or to a member of the foreigner’s clan, he still has the right of redemption after he has sold himself. One of his relatives may buy him back. An uncle or cousin or any close relative of his extended family may redeem him. Or, if he gets the money together, he can redeem himself. What happens then is that he and his owner count out the time from the year he sold himself to the year of Jubilee; the buy-back price is set according to the wages of a hired hand for that number of years. If many years remain before the Jubilee, he must pay back a larger share of his purchase price, but if only a few years remain until the Jubilee, he is to calculate his redemption price accordingly. He is to be treated as a man hired from year to year. You must make sure that his owner does not tyrannize him.

54-55 “If he is not redeemed in any of these ways, he goes free in the year of Jubilee, he and his children, because the People of Israel are my servants, my servants whom I brought out of Egypt. I am God, your God.