Leviticus 25:23
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.

Berean Study Bible
The land must not be sold permanently, because it is Mine, and you are but foreigners 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.

Christian Standard Bible
"The land is not to be permanently sold because it is mine, and you are only aliens and temporary residents on my land.

Contemporary English Version
No land may be permanently bought or sold. It all belongs to me--it isn't your land, and you only live there for a little while.

Good News Translation
Your land must not be sold on a permanent basis, because you do not own it; it belongs to God, and you are like foreigners who are allowed to make use of it.

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.

New Heart 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.

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and settlers with Me.

New American Standard 1977
‘The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the land shall not be sold for a permanence; for the land is mine, because ye are strangers and sojourners before 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;
Study Bible
The Law of Redemption
23The land must not be sold permanently, because it is Mine, and you are but foreigners and sojourners with Me. 24Thus for every piece of property you possess, you must provide for the redemption of the land.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:13
All these people died in faith, without having received the things they were promised. However, they saw them and welcomed them from afar. And they acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from the desires of the flesh, which war against your soul.

Genesis 23:4
"I am a stranger and an outsider among you. Give me a burial site among you so that I can bury my dead."

Exodus 2:22
And she gave birth to a son whom he named Gershom, for he said, "I have become a stranger in a strange land."

Exodus 19:5
Now if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you will be My treasured possession out of all the nations--for the whole earth is Mine.

Leviticus 25:24
Thus for every piece of property you possess, 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 fathers."

1 Chronicles 29:15
For we are foreigners and sojourners in Your presence, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

Psalm 39:12
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. For I am a foreigner dwelling with You, a sojourner like all my fathers.

Psalm 119:19
I am a stranger on the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me.

Hosea 9:3
They will not remain in the land of the LORD; 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 ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

1 Kings 21:3
And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

Ezekiel 48:14
And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the LORD.

for ever.

Deuteronomy 32:43
Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

2 Chronicles 7:20
Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.

Psalm 24:1
A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

for ye are

Genesis 47:9
And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

1 Chronicles 29:15
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

Psalm 39:12
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.







Lexicon
The land
וְהָאָ֗רֶץ (wə·hā·’ā·reṣ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

must not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

be sold
תִמָּכֵר֙ (ṯim·mā·ḵêr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4376: To sell

permanently,
לִצְמִתֻ֔ת (liṣ·mi·ṯuṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6783: Excision, destruction, extinction, perpetually

because
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

it is Mine,
הָאָ֑רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

and
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you
אַתֶּ֖ם (’at·tem)
Pronoun - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

are but foreigners
גֵרִ֧ים (ḡê·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1616: A guest, a foreigner

and sojourners
וְתוֹשָׁבִ֛ים (wə·ṯō·wō·šā·ḇîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8453: Resident alien

with Me.
עִמָּדִֽי׃ (‘im·mā·ḏî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5978: Against, by, from, me, mine, of, that I take, unto,
(23) The land shall not be sold for ever.--That is, no plot of the land of Israel must be absolutely alienated from the original proprietor, who has been driven by poverty to sell his patrimony. We have here a resumption of the laws relating to the sale and purchase of land, which have already been briefly stated in Leviticus 25:14-17. Having been interrupted by the insertion of the Divine promise with regard to the sabbatical year (Leviticus 25:20-22), the legislation now proceeds with more directions about the limited sale of land.

For the land is mine.--The reason for this prohibition absolutely to cut off the patrimony from the family, is that God claims to be the supreme owner of the land (Exodus 15:17; Isaiah 14:2; Isaiah 14:25; Jeremiah 2:5; Psalm 10:16), and as the Lord of the soil He prescribes conditions on which he allotted it to the different tribes of Israel.

Ye are strangers and sojourners with me.--God has not only helped the Israelites to conquer the land of Canaan, but has selected it as His own dwelling-place, and erected His sanctuary in the midst of it (Exodus 15:13; Numbers 35:34). He therefore is enthroned in it as Lord of the soil, and the Israelites are simply His tenants at will (Leviticus 14:34; Leviticus 20:24; Leviticus 23:10; Numbers 13:2; Numbers 15:2), and as such will have to quit it if they disobey His commandments (Leviticus 18:28; Leviticus 20:22; Leviticus 26:33; Deuteronomy 28:63). For this reason they are accounted as strangers and sojourners, and hence have no right absolutely to sell that which is not theirs.

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. 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.
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