Leviticus 25:42
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New International Version
Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves.

New Living Translation
The people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves.

English Standard Version
For they are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves.

New American Standard Bible
For they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt; they are not to be sold in a slave sale.

King James Bible
For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are not to be sold as slaves, because they are My slaves that I brought out of the land of Egypt.

International Standard Version
Since they're my servants whom I've brought out of the land of Egypt, they are not to be sold as slaves.

NET Bible
Since they are my servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt, they must not be sold in a slave sale.

New Heart English Bible
For they are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt. They shall not be sold as slaves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They are my servants. I brought them out of Egypt. They must never be sold as slaves.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For they are My servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as bondmen.

New American Standard 1977
‘For they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt; they are not to be sold in a slave sale.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they belong to me, I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves.

King James 2000 Bible
For they are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as slaves.

American King James Version
For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as slaves.

American Standard Version
For they are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they are my servants, and I brought them out of the land of Egypt: let them not be sold as bondmen:

Darby Bible Translation
For they are my bondmen, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as [men] sell bondmen.

English Revised Version
For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they are my servants, which I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as bond-men.

World English Bible
For they are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt. They shall not be sold as slaves.

Young's Literal Translation
For they are My servants, whom I have brought out from the land of Egypt: they are not sold with the sale of a servant;
Study Bible
Redemption of Bondmen
41'He shall then go out from you, he and his sons with him, and shall go back to his family, that he may return to the property of his forefathers. 42For they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt; they are not to be sold in a slave sale. 43'You shall not rule over him with severity, but are to revere your God.…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:41
'He shall then go out from you, he and his sons with him, and shall go back to his family, that he may return to the property of his forefathers.

Leviticus 25:43
'You shall not rule over him with severity, but are to revere your God.
Treasury of Scripture

For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as slaves.

my servants

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Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you …

1 Corinthians 7:21-23 Are you called being a servant? care not for it: but if you may be …

as bondsmen [heb] with the sale of a bondman

(42) For they are my servants.--This is a clue to the whole system of Hebrew servitude. These poverty-stricken men, who are driven to sell themselves to their fellow-Israelites, God claims as His servants. God is their Lord as well as their master's Lord. He delivered them both alike from bondage to serve Him. There is, therefore, no difference between bond and free.

They shall not be sold as bondmen--That is, as personal property or chattels. The authorities during the second Temple, however, interpreted this clause to mean that an Israelite is not to be sold by proclamation or in public places, but privately, and in an honourable manner, with all possible consideration for his feelings.

For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt,.... The Lord redeemed them out of Egypt, made a purchase of them, and had a prior right unto them, and being his servants first, they cannot be the servants of others; his right unto them as such antecedes and prevents any other claim upon them:

they shall not be sold as bondmen; or, "with", or, "according to the sale of a bondman" (u); in the manner they are sold, or according to the laws of selling of servants; not in such a public manner as they are sold in markets, nor for such purposes to be used as slaves in a rigorous manner, nor so as to be retained for ever in servitude; not to be sold by proclamation, as Jarchi observes, saying, here is a servant to be sold; nor shall they set him upon the stone of sale; for it seems in public places in markets, where slaves were sold, there was a stone on which they were placed, which showed that they were to be sold; but now an Israelite was not to be sold in such a manner, so Maimonides (w) says, but privately, in an honourable way.

(u) "venditione servi", Drusius. (w) Hilchot Abadim, c. 1. sect. 5. 25:39-55 A native Israelite, if sold for debt, or for a crime, was to serve but six years, and to go out the seventh. If he sold himself, through poverty, both his work and his usage must be such as were fitting for a son of Abraham. Masters are required to give to their servants that which is just and equal, Col 4:1. At the year of jubilee the servant should go out free, he and his children, and should return to his own family. This typified redemption from the service of sin and Satan, by the grace of God in Christ, whose truth makes us free, Joh 8:32. We cannot ransom our fellow-sinners, but we may point out Christ to them; while by his grace our lives may adorn his gospel, express our love, show our gratitude, and glorify his holy name.
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