1At the end of every seven years there is to be a general forgiveness of debt.
2This is how it is to be done: every creditor is to give up his right to whatever he has let his neighbour have; he is not to make his neighbour, his countryman, give it back; because a general forgiveness has been ordered by the Lord.
3A man of another nation may be forced to make payment of his debt, but if your brother has anything of yours, let it go;
4But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will certainly give you his blessing in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage;
5If only you give ear to the voice of the Lord your God, and take care to keep all these orders which I give you today.
6For the Lord your God will give you his blessing as he has said: you will let other nations have the use of your money, but you will not make use of theirs; you will be rulers over a number of nations, but they will not be your rulers.
7If in any of your towns in the land which the Lord your God is giving you, there is a poor man, one of your countrymen, do not let your heart be hard or your hand shut to him;
8But let your hand be open to give him the use of whatever he is in need of.
9And see that there is no evil thought in your heart, moving you to say to yourself, The seventh year, the year of forgiveness is near; and so looking coldly on your poor countryman you give him nothing; and he will make an outcry to the Lord against you, and it will be judged as sin in you.
10But it is right for you to give to him, without grief of heart: for because of this, the blessing of the Lord your God will be on all your work and on everything to which you put your hand.
11For there will never be a time when there are no poor in the land; and so I give orders to you, Let your hand be open to your countrymen, to those who are poor and in need in your land.
12If one of your countrymen, a Hebrew man or woman, becomes your servant for a price and does work for you six years, in the seventh year let him go free.
13And when you make him free, do not let him go away with nothing in his hands:
14But give him freely from your flock and from your grain and your wine: in the measure of the wealth which the Lord your God has given you, you are to give to him.
15And keep in mind that you yourself were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God made you free: so I give you this order today.
16But if he says to you, I have no desire to go away from you; because you and your family are dear to him and he is happy with you;
17Then take a sharp-pointed instrument, driving it through his ear into the door, and he will be your servant for ever. And you may do the same for your servant-girl.
18Let it not seem hard to you that you have to send him away free; for he has been working for you for six years, which is twice the regular time for a servant: and the blessing of the Lord your God will be on you in everything you do.
19All the first males to come to birth in your herd and your flock are to be holy to the Lord your God: the first birth of your ox is not to be used for work, the wool of your first lamb is not to be cut.
20But year by year you and all your house are to take a meal of it before the Lord, in the place of his selection.
21But if it has any mark on it, if it is blind or has damaged legs, or if there is anything wrong with it, it may not be offered to the Lord your God.
22It may be used for food in your houses: the unclean and the clean may take of it, as of the gazelle and the roe.
23Only do not take its blood for food, but let it be drained out on the earth like water.
1Take note of the month of Abib and keep the Passover to the Lord your God: for in the month of Abib the Lord your God took you out of Egypt by night.
2The Passover offering, from your flock or your herd, is to be given to the Lord your God in the place marked out by him as the resting-place of his name.
3Take no leavened bread with it; for seven days let your food be unleavened bread, that is, the bread of sorrow; for you came out of the land of Egypt quickly: so the memory of that day, when you came out of the land of Egypt, will be with you all your life.
4For seven days let no leaven be used through all your land; and nothing of the flesh which is put to death in the evening of the first day is to be kept through the night till morning.
5The Passover offering is not to be put to death in any of the towns which the Lord your God gives you:
6But in the place marked out by the Lord your God as the resting-place of his name, there you are to put the Passover to death in the evening, at sundown, at that time of the year when you came out of Egypt.
7It is to be cooked and taken as food in the place marked out by the Lord: and in the morning you are to go back to your tents.
8For six days let your food be unleavened bread; and on the seventh day there is to be a holy meeting to the Lord your God; no work is to be done.
9Let seven weeks be numbered from the first day when the grain is cut.
10Then keep the feast of weeks to the Lord your God, with an offering freely given to him from the wealth he has given you:
11Then you are to be glad before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your man-servant and your woman-servant, and the Levite who is with you, and the man from a strange country, and the child without a father, and the widow, who are living among you, in the place marked out by the Lord your God as a resting-place for his name.
12And you will keep in mind that you were a servant in the land of Egypt: and you will take care to keep all these laws.
13You are to keep the feast of tents for seven days after you have got in all your grain and made your wine:
14You are to keep the feast with joy, you and your son and your daughter, your man-servant and your woman-servant, and the Levite, and the man from a strange country, and the child without a father, and the widow, who are living among you.
15Keep the feast to the Lord your God for seven days, in the place marked out by the Lord: because the blessing of the Lord your God will be on all the produce of your land and all the work of your hands, and you will have nothing but joy.
16Three times in the year let all your males come before the Lord your God in the place named by him; at the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of weeks, and the feast of tents: and they are not to come before the Lord with nothing in their hands;
17Every man is to give as he is able, in the measure of the blessing which the Lord your God has given you.
18You are to make judges and overseers in all your towns which the Lord your God gives you, for every tribe: and they are to be upright men, judging the people in righteousness.
19You are not to be moved in your judging by a man’s position, you are not to take rewards; for rewards make the eyes of the wise man blind, and the decisions of the upright false.
20Let righteousness be your guide, so that you may have life, and take for your heritage the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
21Let no holy tree of any sort be planted by the altar of the Lord your God which you will make.
22You are not to put up stone pillars, for they are hated by the Lord your God.
1Then Zophar the Naamathite made answer and said,
2Are all these words to go unanswered? and is a man seen to be right because he is full of talk?
3Are your words of pride to make men keep quiet? and are you to make sport, with no one to put you to shame?
4You may say, My way is clean, and I am free from sin in your eyes.
5But if only God would take up the word, opening his lips in argument with you;
6And would make clear to you the secrets of wisdom, and the wonders of his purpose!
7Are you able to take God’s measure, to make discovery of the limits of the Ruler of all?
8They are higher than heaven; what is there for you to do? deeper than the underworld, and outside your knowledge;
9Longer in measure than the earth, and wider than the sea.
10If he goes on his way, shutting a man up and putting him to death, who may make him go back from his purpose?
11For in his eyes men are as nothing; he sees evil and takes note of it.
12And so a hollow-minded man will get wisdom, when a young ass of the field gets teaching.
13But if you put your heart right, stretching out your hands to him;
14If you put far away the evil of your hands, and let no wrongdoing have a place in your tent;
15Then truly your face will be lifted up, with no mark of sin, and you will be fixed in your place without fear:
16For your sorrow will go from your memory, like waters flowing away:
17And your life will be brighter than day; though it is dark, it will become like the morning.
18And you will be safe because there is hope; after looking round, you will take your rest in quiet;
19Sleeping with no fear of danger; and men will be desiring to have grace in your eyes;
20But the eyes of the evil-doers will be wasting away; their way of flight is gone, and their only hope is the taking of their last breath.
14But Peter, getting up, with the eleven, said in a loud voice, O men of Judaea, and all you who are living in Jerusalem, take note of this and give ear to my words.
15For these men are not overcome with wine, as it seems to you, for it is only the third hour of the day;
16But this is the thing which was said by the prophet Joel;
17And it will come about, in the last days, says God, that I will send out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will be prophets, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams:
18And on my men-servants and my women-servants I will send my Spirit, and they will be prophets.
19And wonders will be seen in heaven, and signs on the earth, blood and fire and smoke:
20The sun will become dark and the moon will be turned to blood, before that great day of the Lord comes in glory:
21And whoever makes his prayer to the Lord will have salvation.
22Men of Israel, give ear to these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man who had the approval of God, as was made clear to you by the great works and signs and wonders which God did by him among you, as you yourselves have knowledge,
23Him, when he was given up, by the decision and knowledge of God, you put to death on the cross, by the hands of evil men:
24But God gave him back to life, having made him free from the pains of death because it was not possible for him to be overcome by it.
25For David said of him, I saw the Lord before my face at all times, for he is at my right hand, so that I may not be moved:
26And for this cause my heart was glad and my tongue full of joy, and my flesh will be resting in hope:
27For you will not let my soul be in hell and you will not give up your Holy One to destruction.
28You have made me see the ways of life; I will be full of joy when I see your face.
29My brothers, I may say to you openly that David came to his death, and was put in the earth, and his resting-place is with us today.
30But being a prophet, and having in mind the oath which God had given to him, that of the fruit of his body one would take his place as a king,
31He, having knowledge of the future, was talking of the coming again of Christ from the dead, that he was not kept in hell and his body did not see destruction.
32This Jesus God has given back to life, of which we all are witnesses.
33And so, being lifted up to the right hand of God, and having the Father’s word that the Holy Spirit would come, he has sent this thing, which now you see and have knowledge of.
34For David has not gone up into heaven, but says, himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Be seated at my right hand,
35Till I put all those who are against you under your feet.
36For this reason, let all Israel be certain that this Jesus, whom you put to death on the cross, God has made Lord and Christ.
37Now when these words came to their ears their hearts were troubled, and they said to Peter and the other Apostles, Brothers, what are we to do?
38And Peter said, Let your hearts be changed, every one of you, and have baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will have the Holy Spirit given to you.
39For the word of God is for you and for your children and for all those who are far off, even all those who may be marked out by the Lord our God.
40And with more such words he gave his witness, offering them salvation and saying, Come out from this evil generation.
41Then those who gave hearing to his words had baptism: and about three thousand souls were joined to them that day.
42And they kept their attention fixed on the Apostles’ teaching and were united together in the taking of broken bread and in prayer.
43But fear came on every soul: and all sorts of wonders and signs were done by the Apostles.
44And all those who were of the faith kept together, and had all things in common;
45And exchanging their goods and property for money, they made division of it among them all, as they had need.
46And day by day, going in agreement together regularly to the Temple and, taking broken bread together in their houses, they took their food with joy and with true hearts,
47Giving praise to God, and having the approval of all the people; and every day the number of those who had salvation was increased by the Lord.