* price of his sale.
This was a very equitable law, both to the sojourner to whom
the man was sold, and to the Israelite who had been sold.
The Israelite might redeem himself, or one of his kindred
might redeem him; but this must not be done to the prejudice
of his master. They were therefore to reckon the years he
must have served, from that time till the jubilee; and then
taking the current wages of a servant, per year, at that
time, multiply the remaining years by that sum, and the
aggregate was to be given to his master for his redemption.
The Jews hold that the kindred of such a person were bound,
if in their power, to redeem him, lest he should be swallowed
up among the heathen; and we find (Ne 5:8) that this was done
by the Jews on their return from the Babylonish captivity.
* according to the time.
40,53 De 15:18 Job 7:1,2 14:6 Isa 16:14 21:16