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21 Bible Verses about Forced Labour

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Deuteronomy 20:11

If it accepts your offer of peace and opens its gates to you, all the people found in it will become forced laborers for you and serve you.

Genesis 49:15

He saw that his resting place was good
and that the land was pleasant,
so he leaned his shoulder to bear a load
and became a forced laborer.

Exodus 1:11

So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh.

Exodus 2:11

Years later, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his own people and observed their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.

Joshua 16:10

But, they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer. So the Canaanites live in Ephraim to this day, but they are forced laborers.

Joshua 17:13

However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they imposed forced labor on the Canaanites but did not drive them out completely.

Judges 1:28

When Israel became stronger, they made the Canaanites serve as forced labor but never drove them out completely.

Judges 1:30

Zebulun failed to drive out the residents of Kitron or the residents of Nahalol, so the Canaanites lived among them and served as forced labor.

Judges 1:33

Naphtali did not drive out the residents of Beth-shemesh or the residents of Beth-anath. They lived among the Canaanites who were living in the land, but the residents of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath served as their forced labor.

Judges 1:35

The Amorites refused to leave Har-heres, Aijalon, and Shaalbim. When the house of Joseph got the upper hand, the Amorites were made to serve as forced labor.

2 Samuel 12:31

He removed the people who were in the city and put them to work with saws, iron picks, and iron axes, and to labor at brickmaking. He did the same to all the Ammonite cities. Then he and all his troops returned to Jerusalem.

1 Kings 5:13

Then King Solomon drafted forced laborers from all Israel; the labor force numbered 30,000 men.

1 Kings 9:15

This is the account of the forced labor that King Solomon had imposed to build the Lord’s temple, his own palace, the supporting terraces, the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.

1 Kings 9:21

their descendants who remained in the land after them, those whom the Israelites were unable to completely destroy—Solomon imposed forced labor on them; it is this way until today.

2 Samuel 20:24

Adoram was in charge of forced labor; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was court historian;

1 Kings 4:6

Ahishar, in charge of the palace;
and Adoniram son of Abda, in charge of forced labor.

1 Kings 5:14

He sent 10,000 to Lebanon each month in shifts; one month they were in Lebanon, two months they were at home. Adoniram was in charge of the forced labor.

1 Kings 12:18

Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam managed to get into the chariot and flee to Jerusalem.

1 Kings 11:28

Now the man Jeroboam was capable, and Solomon noticed the young man because he was getting things done. So he appointed him over the entire labor force of the house of Joseph.

Isaiah 31:8

Then Assyria will fall,
but not by human sword;
a sword will devour him,
but not one made by man.
He will flee from the sword;
his young men will be put to forced labor.

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