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May 07, 2011

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God loves and protects the poor.

Anyone who was forced to sell their inherited land due to poverty in order to survive was to recover it. Leviticus 25:23 says, "the land shall not be sold לצמיתת" (lit., to annihilation), i.e., so as to vanish away from, or be forever lost to, the seller.

This verse has become the staple of a claim in the book “Whose Promised Land” by Colin Chapman that God has not given the land to Israel forever.

The claim uses an inadequate English translation of לצמיתת, and disregards the context for this verse.

It also disregards the myriad of verses that clearly document God’s giving the land to Israel forever.

It takes the very words used here to demonstrate God’s care for the poor Hebrew in Israel and twists them in an attempt to justify the theft of the land from them.

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