New International Version
You may ask, "What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?"
King James Bible
And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:
Darby Bible Translation
And if ye say, What shall we eat in the seventh year? behold, we may not sow, nor gather in our produce;
World English Bible
If you said, "What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase;"
Young's Literal Translation
'And when ye say, What do we eat in the seventh year, lo, we do not sow, nor gather our increase?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What shall we eat the seventh year? - A very natural question, which could only be laid at rest by the sovereign promise in the next verse:
I will Command my Blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for Three Years. See on Leviticus 25:2 (note).
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'The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me.' --LEV. xxv. 23. The singular institution of the Jubilee year had more than one purpose. As a social and economical arrangement it tended to prevent the extremes of wealth and poverty. Every fiftieth year the land was to revert to its original owners, the lineal descendants of those who had 'come in with the conqueror,' Joshua. Debts were to be remitted, slaves emancipated, and so the mountains …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Boniface viii Ad 1294-1303.
But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.
Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you--for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you,
Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety.
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