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The Law Concerning Slavery

39 ‘And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave.

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39 “‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to you, do not make them work as slaves.(A)

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42 For they are (A)My servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves.

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42 Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt,(A) they must not be sold as slaves.

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43 (A)You shall not rule over him (B)with [a]rigor, but you (C)shall fear your God.

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 25:43 severity

43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly,(A) but fear your God.(B)

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46 And (A)you may take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them as a possession; they shall be your permanent slaves. But regarding your brethren, the children of Israel, you shall not rule over one another with rigor.

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46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

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