Masters, treat your slaves with justice and fairness, because you know that you also have a master in heaven.
But if that evil slave should say to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,'
When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted to know how much they had earned by trading.
You must not oppress your neighbor or commit robbery against him. You must not withhold the wages of the hired laborer overnight until morning.
"'If your brother becomes impoverished with regard to you so that he sells himself to you, you must not subject him to slave service.
If your fellow Hebrew -- whether male or female -- is sold to you and serves you for six years, then in the seventh year you must let that servant go free.
You must not oppress a lowly and poor servant, whether one from among your fellow Israelites or from the resident foreigners who are living in your land and villages.
And now, though we share the same flesh and blood as our fellow countrymen, and our children are just like their children, still we have found it necessary to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters have been subjected to slavery, while we are powerless to help, since our fields and vineyards now belong to other people."
They press out the olive oil between the rows of olive trees; they tread the winepresses while they are thirsty.
"If I have disregarded the right of my male servants or my female servants when they disputed with me,
If you see the extortion of the poor, or the perversion of justice and fairness in the government, do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, and there are higher ones over them!
Is this really the kind of fasting I want? Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, bowing their heads like a reed and stretching out on sackcloth and ashes? Is this really what you call a fast, a day that is pleasing to the Lord?
Everyone was supposed to free their male and female Hebrew slaves. No one was supposed to keep a fellow Judean enslaved.
"I will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who practice divination, those who commit adultery, those who break promises, and those who exploit workers, widows, and orphans, who refuse to help the immigrant and in this way show they do not fear me," says the Lord who rules over all.
Jesus also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who was informed of accusations that his manager was wasting his assets.
because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this will be rewarded by the Lord.
For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.
Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful."
He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: "King of kings and Lord of lords."
They lament, 'Why don't you notice when we fast? Why don't you pay attention when we humble ourselves?' Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, you oppress your workers.
But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers.