New International Version
Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.
King James Bible
Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; and thou shalt fear thy God.
World English Bible
You shall not rule over him with harshness, but shall fear your God.
Young's Literal Translation
thou rulest not over him with rigour, and thou hast been afraid of thy God.
Leviticus 25:43 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou shalt not rule over him with rigor - What is rigorous service? "Service which is not determined, and service whereof there is no need." This is the definition given by the Jews; but much more is implied in this command than is expressed here. Labour beyond the person's strength, or labor too long continued, or in unhealthy or uncomfortable places and circumstances, or without sufficient food, etc., is labor exacted with rigour, and consequently inhuman; and this law is made, not for the Mosaic dispensation and the Jewish people, but for every dispensation and for every people under heaven.
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'The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me.' --LEV. xxv. 23. The singular institution of the Jubilee year had more than one purpose. As a social and economical arrangement it tended to prevent the extremes of wealth and poverty. Every fiftieth year the land was to revert to its original owners, the lineal descendants of those who had 'come in with the conqueror,' Joshua. Debts were to be remitted, slaves emancipated, and so the mountains …
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Boniface viii Ad 1294-1303.
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.
Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God:
and worked them ruthlessly.
They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves.
"'Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
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