|New International Version (© 2011)|
If a slave has taken refuge with you, do not hand them over to their master.
King James Bible
Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:
American Standard Version
Thou shalt not deliver unto his master a servant that is escaped from his master unto thee:
Young's Literal Translation
'Thou dost not shut up a servant unto his lord, who is delivered unto thee from his lord;
Deuteronomy 23:15 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou shalt not deliver - the servant which is escaped - unto thee - That is, a servant who left an idolatrous master that he might join himself to God and to his people. In any other case, it would have been injustice to have harboured the runaway.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
We cannot suppose that this law required the Israelites to entertain slaves who had robbed their masters, or left their service without cause; but such only as were cruelly treated, and fled to them for protection, especially from the neighbouring nations. To such they were commanded to afford shelter, and shew great kindness.
1 Samuel 30:15 And David said to him, Can you bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear to me by God, that you will neither kill me...
Obadiah 1:14 Neither should you have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape...
Deuteronomy 23:15 Parallel CommentariesBondman Deliver Delivered Escaped Hand Master Refuge Servant Shut SlaveBondman Deliver Delivered Escaped Hand Master Refuge Servant Shut SlaveTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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1 Samuel 30:15 David asked him, "Can you lead me down to this raiding party?" He answered, "Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to them."
Deuteronomy 23:16 Let them live among you wherever they like and in whatever town they choose. Do not oppress them.