Ezekiel 46:16-18 (JDV)
Ezekiel 46:16 “This is what the Lord Yahveh says: If the prince gives a gift to each of his sons as their inheritance, it will belong to his sons. It will become their property by inheritance.
Ezekiel 46:17 But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will belong to that servant until the year of freedom, when it will revert to the prince. His inheritance belongs only to his sons; it is theirs.
Ezekiel 46:18 The prince must not take any of the people’s inheritance, evicting them from their property. He is to provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property so that none of my people will be displaced from his own property.”
These rules ensured that people who expected to inherit would actually do so, a servant who pleased his master would not take the inheritance of the prince’s sons. Commoners would not lose their inheritance because of the prince’s greed.
They are reminders to us that we should be considerate of what people expect, and not try to cheat them. God is watching, and what we do is important to him.