What does the Bible say about slavery?

By New Christian Bible Study Staff
     
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What does the Bible say about slavery? Here's part of a passage from Jeremiah,

"And ye were now turned, and had done that which is right in mine eyes, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbor; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name..." (Jeremiah 34:15)

Read this whole section, if you can, i.e. Jeremiah 34:8-16. The Lord requires the Children of Israel to proclaim liberty.

Here's another striking passage from the book of Job 31:13-15:

"If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?"

It makes you wonder, doesn't it, how any Christian society could ever have condoned slavery.

And, it reinforces the idea that the moral importance of human liberty inherits from a deeper spiritual importance.

What other passages should we add to this? Send us your suggestions.