Bible study 167 – Deuteronomy 15Posted: March 20, 2017
In Exodus 21, the Israelites were commanded to free male Hebrew slaves after seven years; and in Leviticus 25, to nullify all dept every fiftieth year (the jubilee). Now, both male and female Hebrew slaves are to be freed, and all debt nullified every seventh year, though Moses asks everyone be careful not to abuse this system for economical gain.
Luckily, Moses also specifies that loans to non-Jews are not to be nullified. This later enabled the Medieval Jews to hold a monopoly on money lending in many christian countries.
Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”