Deuteronomy 15:15
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New International Version
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you. That is why I give you this command today.

New Living Translation
Remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you! That is why I am giving you this command.

English Standard Version
You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.

King James Bible
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you; that is why I am giving you this command today.

International Standard Version
Don't ever forget that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, yet the LORD your God redeemed you. Therefore, I'm giving you these commands today.

NET Bible
Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore, I am commanding you to do this thing today.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God freed you. That's why I'm giving you this command today.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God ransomed thee; therefore, I command thee this thing to day.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you: therefore I command you this thing today.

American King James Version
And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you: therefore I command you this thing to day.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to-day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remember that thou also wast a bondservant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God made thee free, and therefore I now command thee this.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and that Jehovah thy God redeemed thee; therefore I command thee this thing to-day.

English Revised Version
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing today.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bond-man in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing this day.

World English Bible
You shall remember that you were a bondservant in the land of Egypt, and Yahweh your God redeemed you: therefore I command you this thing today.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast remembered that a servant thou hast been in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah thy God doth ransom thee; therefore I am commanding thee this thing to-day.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:12-18 Here the law concerning Hebrew servants is repeated. There is an addition, requiring the masters to put some small stock into their servants' hands to set up with for themselves, when sent out of their servitude, wherein they had received no wages. We may expect family blessings, the springs of family prosperity, when we make conscience of our duty to our family relations. We are to remember that we are debtors to Divine justice, and have nothing to pay with. That we are slaves, poor, and perishing. But the Lord Jesus Christ, by becoming poor, and by shedding his blood, has made a full and free provision for the payment of our debts, the ransom of our souls, and the supply of all our wants. When the gospel is clearly preached, the acceptable year of the Lord is proclaimed; the year of release of our debts, of the deliverance of our souls, and of obtaining rest in him. And as faith in Christ and love to him prevail, they will triumph over the selfishness of the heart, and over the unkindness of the world, doing away the excuses that rise from unbelief, distrust, and covetousness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Compliance is enforced by the consideration that the Israelites had been themselves bondmen in Egypt, and had been redeemed out of that bondage by God (cf. Deuteronomy 5:15; Deuteronomy 10:19; Deuteronomy 16:12; Deuteronomy 24:18, 22; Exodus 22:20; Exodus 23:9; Leviticus 19:34). As God had dealt by them, so it behooved them to deal by others in like condition and need.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt,.... Where they were used hardly, and their lives were made bitter in hard bondage; and therefore should show the greater compassion to servants, whose case they could not but sympathize with, and have a fellow feeling of

and the Lord thy God redeemed thee; from the house of bondage and state of slavery, after they had been in it many years:

therefore I command thee this thing today, to release their servants at the end of six years, and not send them away empty, but generously contribute to them at their release; since when he redeemed them he gave them the spoil of Egypt, and of the sea, as Jarchi remarks; they came out of their bondage state with jewels, and gold, and silver, and raiment, even with great substance; and at the Red sea their spoil was increased which they took from Pharaoh and his host when drowned there; now as they came out of their servitude not empty but full, being sufficiently paid for their hard service, so they should remember to give to their servants liberally, when they made them free.



Deuteronomy 15:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Release of Hebrew Servants
14"You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you. 15"You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today. 16"It shall come about if he says to you, 'I will not go out from you,' because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you;…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:14
Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to them as the LORD your God has blessed you.

Deuteronomy 15:16
But if your servant says to you, "I do not want to leave you," because he loves you and your family and is well off with you,

Deuteronomy 16:12
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and follow carefully these decrees.

2 Samuel 7:23
And who is like your people Israel--the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?

Jeremiah 16:14
"However, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be said, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you: therefore I command you this thing to day.

Deuteronomy 5:14,15 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you …

Deuteronomy 16:12 And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt: and you shall …

Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of …

Isaiah 51:1 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek …

Matthew 6:14,15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will …

Matthew 18:32,33 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said to him, O you wicked …

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the …

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Ephesians 5:1,2 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children…

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

1 John 4:9-11 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

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