And if you shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)What shall we eat the seventh year ?—The Lawgiver here anticipates an objection on the part of those who are called upon to abstain from cultivating the land in the sabbatical year, and who are overanxious about the provisions of their families.
Behold, we shall not sow.—That is, are forbidden to sow. (See Leviticus 25:4.)
Nor gather in our increase.—That is, we are even prohibited to gather the spontaneous growths and store them up, and are commanded to leave “the increase” in the field. (See Leviticus 25:7.)Leviticus 26:5; Deuteronomy 12:10. Exodus 34:23,24.
behold, we shall not sow; that being forbidden:
nor gather in our increase; neither the barley, nor the wheat, nor the grapes, nor olives, nor figs, into their houses and barns, to lay up for stores, as in other years; though they might go out and gather in for present use in common with others: now if any should put the above question, as it was very likely some would, in such a view of things, the answer to it follows.And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Leviticus 19:33; Exodus 22:20), of slaves (Deuteronomy 23:17), of the poor, widows, and orphans (Jeremiah 22:3; Ezekiel 18:8) in civil matters, by overreaching them or taking their property away. The inf. abs. קנה: as in Genesis 41:43. The singular suffix in עמיתך is to be understood distributively of a particular Israelite.
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