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Debt-Cancellation

“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers."    - Torah Redactors ; Leviticus 25.23


"Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan."    - Torah Redactors ; Leviticus 25.10


“Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed."    - Torah Redactors ; Exodus 23.12


“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything."    - Torah Redactors ; Exodus 21.2


"I have three conclusions from all of that textual activity. One is that 'debts' was originally intended quite literally. Jesus meant that eternal peasant dyad of enough bread for today and no debt for tomorrow."    - John Dominic Crossan ; The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer


"Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both."    - Jesus ; Luke 7.41-42


"And cancel our debts, as we also cancel the debts of our debtors."    - Matthew's Gospels ; Matthew 6.12


"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’  The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed."    - Jesus ; Matthew 18.23-34


“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not retaliate against an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."    - Jesus ; Matthew 5.38-42


"Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."    - Jesus ; Matthew 6.11-12


"Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both."    - Jesus ; Luke 7:41,42


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