Deuteronomy Chapter 15
2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD'S release.
6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.
7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.
10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
18 It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.
19 All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.
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Matthew Henry's Deuteronomy Chapter 15 Bible commentary...
The year of release. (1-11) Concerning the release of servants. (12-18) Respecting the firstlings of cattle. (19-23)1-11 This year of release typified the grace of the gospel, in which is proclaimed the acceptable year of the Lord; and by which we obtain the release of our debts, that is, the pardon of our sins. The law is spiritual, and lays restraints upon the thoughts of the heart. We mistake, if we think thoughts are free from God's knowledge and check. That is a wicked heart indeed, which raises evil thoughts from the good law of God, as theirs did, who, because God had obliged them to the charity of forgiving, denied the charity of giving. Those who would keep from the act of sin, must keep out of their minds the very thought of sin. It is a dreadful thing to have the cry of the poor justly against us. Grudge not a kindness to thy brother; distrust not the providence of God. What thou doest, do freely, for God loves a cheerful giver, #2Co 9:7|.
12-18 Here the law concerning Hebrew servants is repeated. There is an addition, requiring the masters to put some small stock into their servants' hands to set up with for themselves, when sent out of their servitude, wherein they had received no wages. We may expect family blessings, the springs of family prosperity, when we make conscience of our duty to our family relations. We are to remember that we are debtors to Divine justice, and have nothing to pay with. That we are slaves, poor, and perishing. But the Lord Jesus Christ, by becoming poor, and by shedding his blood, has made a full and free provision for the payment of our debts, the ransom of our souls, and the supply of all our wants. When the gospel is clearly preached, the acceptable year of the Lord is proclaimed; the year of release of our debts, of the deliverance of our souls, and of obtaining rest in him. And as faith in Christ and love to him prevail, they will triumph over the selfishness of the heart, and over the unkindness of the world, doing away the excuses that rise from unbelief, distrust, and covetousness.
19-23 Here is a direction what to do with the firstlings. We are not now limited as the Israelites were; we make no difference between a first calf, or lamb, and the rest. Let us then look to the gospel meaning of this law, devoting ourselves and the first of our time and strength to God; and using all our comforts and enjoyments to his praise, and under the direction of his law, as we have them all by his gift.
Brianna's Deuteronomy Chapter 15 comment about verse 11 on 8/22/2014, 6:03pm...
I thought this was a great scripture to keep in mind. Jehovah God encourages helping those who are poor and in need. This helps me to be more aware of the situation of others. I would like to make it a goal to to be more giving to those in need.
Sean's Deuteronomy Chapter 15 comment on 8/07/2013, 1:27am...
Christians need to follow the whole bible not just parts
Sean's Deuteronomy Chapter 15 comment on 8/07/2013, 1:25am...
Christians need to follow the whole bible not just parts
Christian's Deuteronomy Chapter 15 comment on 1/23/2013, 8:56am...
I see the question being asked if this passage of Scripture applies to us in our time. The answer is yes and no. Jesus came to fulfil the law. We must now look at the Old Testament in Spiritual eyes. Yes I eat bacon, BUT I must separate myself from spiritual swine and unclean things. Itís no longer a physical issue itís a heart thing.
Clint's Deuteronomy Chapter 15 comment on 11/19/2012, 7:21pm...
God has no respect for manís goodness or manís works. That man has to be a born again Christian or he will end up in hell for eternity!
Andrť's Deuteronomy Chapter 15 comment on 10/01/2012, 6:34am...
Deuteronomy 15 is not for us to apply, it was meant for the Israelites, Romans 15:4. However aspects stressed in that chapter can benefit us and give us light in such issues. God bless you.
Rachael Tanyasis's Deuteronomy Chapter 15 comment on 10/01/2012, 6:11am...
Is Deutronomy 15 still applicable in our time? Or is it among the Mosaic Laws that were only meant for the Israelites? Someone help me please.
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