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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Leviticus 25:1-7

The law of Moses laid a great deal of stress upon the sabbath, the sanctification of which was the earliest and most ancient of all divine institutions, designed for the keeping up of the knowledge and worship of the Creator among men; that law not only revived the observance of the weekly sabbath, but, for the further advancement of the honour of them, added the institution of a sabbatical year: In the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, Lev. 25:4. And hence the Jews... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Leviticus 25:1

And the Lord spake unto Moses in Mount Sinai ,.... Not when Moses was with the Lord on that mount forty days, but after he came down from thence, even after the tabernacle was set up, while the children of Israel where encamped about that mountain, and before they took their journey from thence; for they continued some time in the wilderness of Sinai, and here it was the Lord spoke to Moses; for the words may be rendered "by" or "near Mount Sinai" F7 בהר "apud seu juxta montem",... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 25:1

And the Lord spake unto Moses in mount Sinai. The purpose of the words, in Mount Sinai, is not to distinguish the place in which the sabbatical law and the law of the jubilee were given from that in which the preceding laws were delivered. The words mean only, "in the Sinai district;'' and they are employed because these laws form the conclusion of the series of laws given while tile people were en-camped under Mount Sinai. The law on vows is, it is true, added to them, but it is by way of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 25:1-7

The fallow year. cf. Deuteronomy 31:10-13 . We have here a ceremonial appendix to the fourth commandment. The land must have its sabbath as well as man, and so every seventh year was to be fallow year for the ground. The necessity of giving land rest is recognized still in agriculture. Continual cropping impoverishes a soil, and reduces it eventually to barrenness. This was one of the grave charges made by political economists against the slavery of North America, that, in consequence of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 25:1-7

Divine discipline. This was certainly one of the most striking institutions which God gave to Israel. It was, in a high degree, disciplinary. Rightly taken, it would engrave sacred truth on their minds more deeply and effectually than either word or rite. It was calculated— I. TO TEACH THEM THE TRUTH AS TO THE DIVINE OWNERSHIP . God claimed to be the One Proprietor of the land. He had given it to the nation by his direct guidance, and by his interposing power. To... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 25:1-7

The sabbatical year. Rest of the land, as the physical source of blessings, as the consecrated portion of God's people. I. THE NATURAL BASIS OF RELIGION . Creation. Providence. Moral government. "Man is one world, and hath another to attend him" (George Herbert). The ascent of the higher nature from the lower. The subordination of the material and temporary to the immaterial and eternal. Care of all life involved in the covenant of God with his people. The life of the vegetable... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 25:1-22

The sabbatic year. At the close of the original week the sabbath of the seventh day was given; that of the seventh year, on the entrance of the Hebrews into Canaan. The former was a memorial of creation; the latter, of redemption. These are intimately related. There are correspondences between the old creation and the new—the material and the spiritual. The grand effect of redemption will be the constitution of a new creation, in which the mundane system will participate. I. THE ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 25:1-55

The sabbatical year was instituted not for any supposed physical benefit accruing from it to the land, but, first, as serving for a link between the sabbath and the jubilee by means of the sacred number seven—the sabbatical year being the seventh year, and the jubilee being the year following the seven-times-seventh year; and secondly, and chiefly, as enforcing the lesson of the weekly sabbath in a manner that could not be overlooked, and symbolically, teaching the universal application of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Leviticus 25:1

The sabbatical year and the year of Jubilee belong to that great sabbatical system which runs through the religious observances of the Law, but rest upon moral rather than upon formally religious ground. It is not, therefore, without reason that they are here set apart from the set times which fell strictly within the sphere of religious observances. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Leviticus 25:1

Leviticus 25:1. In mount Sinai That is, in the wilderness of Sinai, or near mount Sinai, as the Hebrew particle beth frequently signifies. For they did not remove from this wilderness till the 20th day of the seventh month after their coming out of Egypt. read more

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