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Deuteronomy 15 - NIV

The Year for Canceling Debts

1 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.

2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.

3 You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you.

4 However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you,

5 if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.

6 For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

7 If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.

8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.

9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.

10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

Freeing Servants

12 If any of your people—Hebrew men or women—sell themselves to you and serve you six years, in the seventh year you must let them go free.

13 And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed.

14 Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to them as the Lord your God has blessed you.

15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you. That is why I give you this command today.

16 But if your servant says to you, “I do not want to leave you,” because he loves you and your family and is well off with you,

17 then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant.

18 Do not consider it a hardship to set your servant free, because their service to you these six years has been worth twice as much as that of a hired hand. And the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

The Firstborn Animals

19 Set apart for the Lord your God every firstborn male of your herds and flocks. Do not put the firstborn of your cows to work, and do not shear the firstborn of your sheep.

20 Each year you and your family are to eat them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose.

21 If an animal has a defect, is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.

22 You are to eat it in your own towns. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it, as if it were gazelle or deer.

23 But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.

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How Christians Are to Serve Others
Shared by: Craig Condon on May, 2015
Summary: We need to redirect our culture away from ourselves to the needs of others and the glory of God. Culture must not be used merely for self-interest.
Ed Sasnett avatar
Shared by: Ed Sasnett on Mar, 2015
Summary: Give willingly.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,036
Mark Opperman avatar
Open Hearts, Open Hands
Shared by: Mark Opperman on Nov, 2014
Summary: A discussion about what we can do to become people of generosity like our Father in heaven.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:1-15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,556
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Justice! Only Justice!
Shared by: bala samson on Jan, 2014
Summary: Situation at times may be critical and you may think there is no way out but opt for the ‘easy way’ but never ever give in to pressure! Stay true in the heat.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 381
Jeff Strite avatar
Turning Off The Tap
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jan, 2013
Summary: How can avoid being in debt? And is it all up to me, or is God involved in helping me accomplish that? And what is the significance of the debts all being forgiven at the Feast of Tabernacles?
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The Mark Of A Servant
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Aug, 2012
Summary: The servant in Deuteronomy 15 accepted a special mark in order to belong to the master he loved. Is that true for us as well? How can we be marked for Jesus? And how does that mark change who we are as servants of the most high God?
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In God We Trust
Shared by: K. Edward Skidmore on Jul, 2012
Summary: Sermon #3 in the series: Untold Stories of the Old Testament, Text: Deuteronomy 15 dealing with the Sabbath years and the Year of Jubilee when debts are forgiven and slaves are set free.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:1-18
Views: 1,683
Jason Jones avatar
Except There Be No Poor Among You
Shared by: Jason Jones on Feb, 2010
Summary: Exposition of Deut 15 regarding our duty to aid those less fortunate, related to our vision statement with the same subject matter
Series: Vision
based on 7 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,952
Ed Vasicek avatar
Deuteronomy: Foundation for The Sermon on the Mount
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Nov, 2009
Summary: When we more deeply understand the phrases that guide our lifestyle, we can become godlier followers of Jesus Christ.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:7-11
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 3,215
Michael Russell avatar
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Shared by: Michael Russell on Jan, 2009
Summary: The application of some of the Old Testament law to the financial crisis - in particular, debt-related slavery and the prohibition on charging interest.
based on 11 ratings
Denomination: Episcopal/Anglican
Views: 4,472
Mark Eberly avatar
This Is Not This
Shared by: Mark Eberly on Nov, 2008
Summary: This is the last area of 7 areas to give up to God’s control (7UP to God) to be a holistic follower of Jesus: fianacial or economic area.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:1-11
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 2,110
Ken Harris avatar
The POOR Lazaruses
Shared by: Ken Harris on May, 2005
Summary: To motivate the hearers to use their personal finances to care for the POOR Lazaruses (the sick, hungry, and less fortunate in this life) in order to ensure their HEAVENLY destiny hereafter.
based on 10 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,570
Donnie  Martin avatar
Shared by: Donnie Martin on Feb, 2003
Summary: Being a servant of Christ is not to be taken lightly, and with the understanding that it involves more than a casual commitment.
based on 62 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,267
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The Poor Will Always Be With You
Shared by: W. Maynard Pittendreigh on Jul, 2002
Summary: Jesus tells us we will always have the poor with us -- but what are we supposed to DO with the poor?
based on 136 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 16,519
Greg Nance avatar
Helping Needy People
Shared by: Greg Nance on Jun, 2002
Summary: A preacher’s wife dies leaving a debt she can’t pay. The creditor is on his way to collect her two sons as payment. What to do? God has ways.
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Shared by: Alison Bucklin on Dec, 2000
Summary: On keeping the Sabbath, recognizing it as a gift from God, a temporary lifting of the curse of labor and economic utilitarianism.
based on 83 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 910