1611 King James Version (KJV)

Leviticus 25:23

“ The land shall not be sold for euer: for the land is mine, for ye were strangers and soiourners with me.”

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Other Translations

The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land [is] mine; for ye [are] strangers and sojourners with me.
- King James Version

'The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are {but} aliens and sojourners with Me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is mine: for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

No exchange of land may be for ever, for the land is mine, and you are as my guests, living with me for a time.
- Basic English Bible

And the land shall not be sold for ever; for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
- Darby Bible

The land shall not be sold for ever; for the land is mine, for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
- Webster's Bible

'The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and live as foreigners with me.
- World English Bible

`And the land is not sold -- to extinction, for the land [is] Mine, for sojourners and settlers [are] ye with Me;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and settlers with Me.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Leviticus 25:23

25:23 For ever - So as to be for ever alienated from the family of him that sells it. Or, absolutely and properly, so as to become the property of the buyer: Or, to the extermination or utter cutting off, namely, of the seller, from all hopes and possibility of redemption. The land is mine - Procured for you by my power, given to you by my grace and bounty, and the right of propriety reserved by me. With me - That is, in my land or houses: thus he is said to sojourn with another that dwells in his house. Howsoever in your own or other mens opinions you pass for lords and proprietors, yet in truth, ye are but strangers and sojourners, not to possess the land for ever, but only for a season, and to leave it to such as I have appointed for it.

Discussion for Leviticus 25

  • Christ Magnified Glorifying Jesus
    End of Bible in a Year Reading day 36. The property laws are very interesting as well as land usage and ownership. There is a reward to be fair and show mercy with one's wealth.
  • Irene123
    Lev. 25:10 - is a 'shadow' of Acts ch. 2:37-38.
  • Motdaugrnds
    Dewey, Hebrews 9:8 states, "The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:" Reading farther down it is made clear to me that all the "sacrificial" ordinances were a precursor to Jesus' death. Then your quote of verse 15 applies to these "sacrifices" and the only thing that changed about those was Jesus' life instead of the lives of animals. This really doesn't speak to my question about the various sabbaths. And I'm equating these with paying tithe. I do not believe tithe was done away when Jesus gave His life for man thus, maybe these various sabbaths weren't either...thus my quandary remains.
  • Dewey J
    Motdaugrnds, I see you have a heathy knowledge of Scripture. I will start by saying as you know that the children of God are no longer under the Old Testament given by God to Moses. Heb. 9:15 says. "And for this cause he Jesus is the mediator of the new testament or agreement that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressors that, were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance". God bless us all and also in the understand of his Word. Glory be to Jehovah in the highest though our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Motdaugrnds
    Seems this chapter is a precursor to Christ's giving His life for our salvation. So question: Is this chapter, specifically where it refers to the sowing reaping of the land a 7-year time span with the 7th year being holy applicable to those of us who farm in this century? If so, please explain verses 4-6 as they seem to contradict themselves. And I know the Scriptures do NOT contradict themselves thus, I'm not understanding these verses.
  • Evangelist Rachel
    This and the books in chapters 23,24 and 25 shadow how Jesus was the perfect sacrifice Jesus being the perfect sacrifice, prepared to be the new offering. Him being God with man bodily, more than enough to save those before,at his time on earth,and us the far of. This is God with us a human sacrifice he paid it all entering in once.

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