The Sabbath Year
And the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount a Sinai, saying,
"Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall b keep a sabbath to the LORD.
'Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit;
'but in the c seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn d rest for the land, a sabbath to the LORD. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.
e 'What grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine, for it is a year of rest for the land.
'And the sabbath produce of the land shall be food for you: for you, your male and female servants, your hired man, and the stranger who dwells with you,
'for your livestock and the beasts that are in your land - all its produce shall be for food.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
These are the statutes and judgments and laws which the LORD made between Himself and the children of Israel on Mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.
Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies' land; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths.
As long as it lies desolate it shall rest - for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it.
At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts.
If the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we would forego the seventh year's produce and the exacting of every debt.
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
2 Kings 19:29
This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And in the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.