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Leviticus 25:6 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(6) And the sabbath of the land.—That is, the growth or produce during this sabbath of the land. For the figure of speech see Lev. 18:38.

Shall be meat for you.—That is, it shall serve as your food, but you must not trade with it, or store it up. Hence, during the second Temple the produce of the sabbatical year could only be used for direct consumption, and was not allowed to be converted first into other articles and then used. Thus, for instance, though wood of that year could be used as firewood, yet it was illegal to convert it first into coal and then use the coal thus obtained from the wood, nor was it legal to convert vegetables into medicines, or to give human food to animals.

For thee, and for thy servant . . . —The produce is to be left in the field for the free use of the poor, the servant, &c. (See also Exo. 23:11.) Hence it was enacted during the second Temple that “whoso locks up his vineyard, or hedges in his field, or gathers all the fruit into his house in the sabbatical year breaks this law.” Everything is to be left common, and every man has a right to every thing in every place. Every man could only bring into his house a little at a time according to the manner of things that are in common.”

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 25:6 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 25:6 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 25:6 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 25:6 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 25:6 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 25:6 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 25:6 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 25:6 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 25:6 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 25:6 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 25:6 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 25:6 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 25:6 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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