|New International Version (© 2011)|
"If I have denied justice to any of my servants, whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me,
King James Bible
If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
American Standard Version
If I have despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, When they contended with me;
Young's Literal Translation
If I despise the cause of my man-servant, And of my handmaid, In their contending with me,
Job 31:13 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The cause of my man-servant - In ancient times slaves had no action at law against their owners; they might dispose of them as they did of their cattle, or any other property. The slave might complain; and the owner might hear him if he pleased, but he was not compelled to do so. Job states that he had admitted them to all civil rights; and, far from preventing their case from being heard, he was ready to permit them to complain even against himself, if they had a cause of complaint, and to give them all the benefit of the law.
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Exodus 21:20,21,26,27 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished...
Leviticus 25:43,46 You shall not rule over him with rigor; but shall fear your God...
Deuteronomy 15:12-15 And if your brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold to you, and serve you six years...
Jeremiah 34:14-17 At the end of seven years let you go every man his brother an Hebrew, which has been sold to you; and when he has served you six years...
Ephesians 6:9 And, you masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven...
Colossians 4:1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
when (In ancient times slaves had no action at law against their owners; but Job admitted them to all civil rights, and permitted them to complain even against himself.)
Job 31:13 Parallel CommentariesBondman Cause Claim Complaint Contended Contending Denied Despise Despised Female Handmaid Justice Law Maidservant Maid-Servant Maidservants Male Manservant Man-Servant Menservants Rejected Servant Slaves Woman-Servant WrongBondman Cause Claim Complaint Contended Contending Denied Despise Despised Female Handmaid Justice Law Maidservant Maid-Servant Maidservants Male Manservant Man-Servant Menservants Rejected Servant Slaves Woman-Servant WrongTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Ephesians 6:9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
Deuteronomy 24:14 Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.
Deuteronomy 24:15 Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.
Job 31:14 what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?