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Leviticus 25:23 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(23) The land shall not be sold for ever.—That is, no plot of the land of Israel must be absolutely alienated from the original proprietor, who has been driven by poverty to sell his patrimony. We have here a resumption of the laws relating to the sale and purchase of land, which have already been briefly stated in Lev. 25:14-17. Having been interrupted by the insertion of the Divine promise with regard to the sabbatical year (Lev. 25:20-22), the legislation now proceeds with more directions about the limited sale of land.

For the land is mine.—The reason for this prohibition absolutely to cut off the patrimony from the family, is that God claims to be the supreme owner of the land (Exo. 15:17; Isa. 14:2; Isa. 14:25; Jer. 2:5; Psa. 10:16), and as the Lord of the soil He prescribes conditions on which he allotted it to the different tribes of Israel.

Ye are strangers and sojourners with me.—God has not only helped the Israelites to conquer the land of Canaan, but has selected it as His own dwelling-place, and erected His sanctuary in the midst of it (Exo. 15:13; Num. 35:34). He therefore is enthroned in it as Lord of the soil, and the Israelites are simply His tenants at will (Lev. 14:34; Lev. 20:24; Lev. 23:10; Num. 13:2; Num. 15:2), and as such will have to quit it if they disobey His commandments (Lev. 18:28; Lev. 20:22; Lev. 26:33; Deu. 28:63). For this reason they are accounted as strangers and sojourners, and hence have no right absolutely to sell that which is not theirs.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 25:23 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 25:23 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 25:23 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Leviticus 25:23 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 25:23 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 25:23 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 25:23 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Leviticus 25:23 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 25:23 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 25:23 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

Leviticus 25:23 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 25:23 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 25:23 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 25:23 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 25:23 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Leviticus 25:23 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 25:23 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Leviticus 25:23 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Leviticus 25:23 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 25:23 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 25:23 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 25:23 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 25:23 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)