Leviticus 25:23
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New International Version
"'The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.

New Living Translation
"The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me.

English Standard Version
“The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine. For you are strangers and sojourners with me.

New American Standard Bible
The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The land is not to be permanently sold because it is Mine, and you are only foreigners and temporary residents on My land.

International Standard Version
"The land is not to be sold with any finality, because the land belongs to me. You're sojourners and travelers with me.

NET Bible
The land must not be sold without reclaim because the land belongs to me, for you are foreigners and residents with me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Land must never be sold permanently, because the land is mine. To me you are strangers without permanent homes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The land shall not be sold for ever, for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.

King James 2000 Bible
The land shall not be sold forever: for the land is mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with me.

American King James Version
The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for you are strangers and sojourners with me.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
The land also shall not be sold for ever: because it is mine, and you are strangers and sojourners with me.

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

English Revised Version
And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is mine: for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
And the land is not sold -- to extinction, for the land is Mine, for sojourners and settlers are ye with Me;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

25:23-34 If the land were not redeemed before the year of jubilee, it then returned to him that sold or mortgaged it. This was a figure of the free grace of God in Christ; by which, and not by any price or merit of our own, we are restored to the favour of God. Houses in walled cities were more the fruits of their own industry than land in the country, which was the direct gift of God's bounty; therefore if a man sold a house in a city, he might redeem it only within a year after the sale. This encouraged strangers and proselytes to come and settle among them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 23, 24. - For the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. Many incidental advantages, if some difficulties, arose from the jubilee law (which will be the more appreciated if we compare the evils resulting from slavery and the accumulation of land in a few hands, found in the history of Rome or any other ancient nation); but its essential features, so far as the land was concerned, was its inculcation of the lesson of the proprietorship of the Lord. Palestine was God's land: he divided it once for all in the time of Joshua among his people, and every fifty years he required that recourse should be had to that original division, in order that in each generation the people might feel themselves to be his tenants, not independent owners, possessores, not domini.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The land shall not be sold for ever,.... That is, the land of Israel; the meaning is, any part of it, for that the whole might be sold or disposed of at once is not to be supposed, but anyone part of it, which was the property of a single man, or belonged to a family; though it might be sold in case of necessity, yet not for ever, so as never to return to the owner, or his heirs; for if it was sold for ever it returned in the year of the jubilee: the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan render the word "absolutely", simply, properly; a proper absolute sale was not to be made, but a conditional one, or for so many years, or with a view to its reversion in the year of jubilee, and so the agreement to be made according to the number of years, as before directed: the word, as Aben Ezra observes, signifies "cutting off", and the sense is, that no land should be sold entirely, so as that the proprietor or his heirs should be wholly cut off from it, or that the entail of it upon the family should be cut off:

for the land is mine; as indeed the whole earth is, but the land of Canaan was peculiarly his, which he had chosen above all other lands for the inheritance of his people; out of which he drove the old inhabitants of it for their sins, and put in his own people to possess it under him; where he himself had his dwelling place, and where he was served and worshipped, and where the Messiah was to be born, and was born, and therefore called Immanuel's land; and which was a figure of the better country, or the heavenly glory and happiness, which is of God's preparing and giving, and will never be alienated from those whose right it is:

for ye are strangers and sojourners with me; as the Gentiles that lived among them were strangers and sojourners with them, so they were with the Lord; he was the original proprietor, they were but tenants at will; though it was both an honour and happiness to be with him, under any character, to board, and lodge, and dwell with him; and they might well be content to be reckoned not proprietors but strangers and sojourners, and especially such as had faith and hope in a better inheritance, of which this was only a figure; however, this being their present case, it was a reason good, why they could not for ever dispose of their lands and possessions, any more than a sojourner or inmate can of a house of which he has only a part.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23-28. The land shall not be sold for ever—or, "be quite cut off," as the Margin better renders it. The land was God's, and, in prosecution of an important design, He gave it to the people of His choice, dividing it among their tribes and families—who, however, held it of Him merely as tenants-at-will and had no right or power of disposing of it to strangers. In necessitous circumstances, individuals might effect a temporary sale. But they possessed the right of redeeming it, at any time, on payment of an adequate compensation to the present holder; and by the enactments of the Jubilee they recovered it free—so that the land was rendered inalienable. (See an exception to this law, Le 27:20).

Leviticus 25:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Law of Redemption
23The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. 24'Thus for every piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:13
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.

1 Peter 2:11
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.

Genesis 23:4
"I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead."

Exodus 2:22
Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, "I have become a foreigner in a foreign land."

Exodus 19:5
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

Leviticus 25:24
Throughout the land that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.

1 Kings 21:3
But Naboth replied, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors."

1 Chronicles 29:15
We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

Psalm 39:12
"Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were.

Psalm 119:19
I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.

Hosea 9:3
They will not remain in the LORD's land; Ephraim will return to Egypt and eat unclean food in Assyria.
Treasury of Scripture

The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for you are strangers and sojourners with me.

The land

Leviticus 25:10 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout …

1 Kings 21:3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give …

Ezekiel 48:14 And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the …

for ever. or, to be quite cut off [heb] for cutting off
for the land

Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice, O you nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood …

2 Chronicles 7:20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have …

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and …

Psalm 85:1 Lord, you have been favorable to your land: you have brought back …

Isaiah 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he …

Hosea 9:3 They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; but Ephraim shall return …

Joel 2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the …

for ye are

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage …

1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as were all our …

Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace …

Psalm 119:19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not your commandments from me.

Hebrews 11:9-13 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, …

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain …

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