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Leviticus 25:24-28

Context
25:24 In all your landed property 1  you must provide for the right of redemption of the land. 2 

25:25 “‘If your brother becomes impoverished and sells some of his property, his near redeemer is to come to you and redeem what his brother sold. 3  25:26 If a man has no redeemer, but he prospers 4  and gains enough for its redemption, 5  25:27 he is to calculate the value of the years it was sold, 6  refund the balance 7  to the man to whom he had sold it, and return to his property. 25:28 If he has not prospered enough to refund 8  a balance to him, then what he sold 9  will belong to 10  the one who bought it until the jubilee year, but it must revert 11  in the jubilee and the original owner 12  may return to his property.

Leviticus 25:31

Context
25:31 The houses of villages, however, 13  which have no wall surrounding them 14  must be considered as the field 15  of the land; they will have the right of redemption and must revert in the jubilee.

1 tn Heb “And in all the land of your property.”

2 tn Heb “right of redemption you shall give to the land”; NAB “you must permit the land to be redeemed.”

3 tn Heb “the sale of his brother.”

4 tn Heb “and his hand reaches.”

5 tn Heb “and he finds as sufficiency of its redemption.”

6 tn Heb “and he shall calculate its years of sale.”

7 tn Heb “and return the excess.”

8 tn Heb “And if his hand has not found sufficiency of returning.” Although some versions take this to mean that he has not made enough to regain the land (e.g., NASB, NRSV; see also B. A. Levine, Leviticus [JPSTC], 176), the combination of terms in Hebrew corresponds to the portion of v. 27 that refers specifically to refunding the money (cf. v. 27; see NIV and G. J. Wenham, Leviticus [NICOT], 315).

9 tn Heb “his sale.”

10 tn Heb “will be in the hand of.” This refers to the temporary control of the one who purchased its produce until the next year of jubilee, at which time it would revert to the original owner.

11 tn Heb “it shall go out” (so KJV, ASV; see B. A. Levine, Leviticus [JPSTC], 176).

12 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the original owner of the land) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

13 tn Heb “And the houses of the villages.”

14 tn Heb “which there is not to them a wall.”

15 tn Heb “on the field.”



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